To the wonderful USMC members, both past and current, thank you for all you give and have given!! Happy birthday and Semper Fi. We love you!!!
My first born son, Joey, 10/9/64-11/26/2002
Today, October 9, 2014 would have been the 50th birthday of my first born child, my son Joey. I’m remembering him this day and how I wish we, his family, could be celebrating this day with him. Sadly, we cannot, since he went home to be with the Lord 12 years ago when he could no longer handle the struggles of life.
Today is a bittersweet day for me, along with his brother and sister and nieces and everyone else who knew and loved Joey. You are asking why I use the word ‘bittersweet’ I’m sure and there is a very good reason for that. It is bitter (sad) of course because he is no longer with us and he is missed very much by all of us. However it is sweet because we know that at some point in his life, before he left us, Joey accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior and asked him to come into his heart. For those of us who are believers, we know that someday when the Lord calls us home with him, that we will once again be reunited with Joey.
Praising God that Joey is with Him in heaven, waiting for the day when the rest of us join him, all because God sacrificed His son on the cross to pay the price for all of our sins because He loved us so much. We just need to invite Him into our hearts and our lives, John 3:16 says it so clearly: 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
There are many other verses in the Bible that also speak of salvation. I won’t list all of them, of course, but a few that touch my heart are these:
John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Ephesians 2:8,9 – 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
John 20: 31 – But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
I am so thankful for the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on our behalf, all so we could be with him in heaven one day just by accepting the free gift that God gives to all who believe and accept that gift. I am so thankful to know that when I pass on some day that I will be with the Lord in heaven also. I don’t have to wonder if I will be or hope that I will be. With acceptance of the Lord as Savior, it is guaranteed! How wonderful is that!
So, my dear son Joey, Happy Birthday in heaven on the 50th anniversary of your birth. I love you and I miss you so much, but I know I will see you again one day.
First time I have heard this song and seen this beautiful video. Well worth watching and listening to. I believe the children will enjoy this also. Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Birthday Jesus!
I love this poem and of course the Bible verses it is based on,
Numbers 6:24-26 (English Standard Version)
24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance[a] upon you and give you peace.
Many know it, of course, as the Irish Blessing and being partly of Irish descent, I like that title for it too. I’m not sure when or how I first became aware of it but I know it was many years ago. It has always stuck with me and I love sharing it with others. What better gift can we give to a close family member or a cherished friend than to wish on them all the blessings of our Father in Heaven on their birthdays? I have a couple of friends and family members who have birthdays this month and I thought of what I would like to wish them for their respective birthdays. Those thoughts prompted this post.
What are those blessings? The list is endless of course but some very special ones come to my mind when I think about all that God blesses us with.
First and foremost, He gives us His grace, his enabling power. With God’s grace we are transformed; it is what causes us to grow and be strong. He gives it freely, not because of anything we have done to earn it,
His blessings also include what are known as the “fruits of the spirit” love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. All are truly wonderful blessings or gifts from the Lord. I strive constantly, as do most of us, to show all of those attributes to others as I go though my days. Do I succeed all the time? No, not at all – far from it – but it is a daily thing to strive for in all of us. My wish is that I can always portray these characteristics towards you, the special people in my life, to let you know just how much you mean to me; how fortunate I am that you have touched my life.
Love is mentioned as the first fruit of the spirit, followed closely by joy and peace, Those are the loveliest gifts of all in my mind. I could go on and on talking about Love. Can’t we all? that is probably best left for another blog post! I recently heard a series of sermons on Love from an evangelist and it took 3 nights to say what the Lord wanted him to say. No way am I going to try putting Love into a small paragraph! It is just not possible!
There are so many gifts and fruits God provides for us–we just need to look around and take in all the beauty that surrounds us wherever we live or travel, look at the beautiful and special people who cross our paths every day. There is no end to them!
For everyone, I wish you these gifts and more and if you are celebrating a birthday in this beautiful month of November, I pray you will enjoy all of God’s great gifts and hold them close.