First, I want to WELCOME all my new blog followers. I am honored to have you read my blog posts. THANK YOU VERY MUCH for joining the journey in finding meaning in everyday life. Second, I want to share two very important dates for me. On August 16, 1955, I was born. I think it was when I turned either forty or fifty (my memory isn‘t what it used to be), I borrowed a great idea from a friend who graduated from Smith College: Instead of celebrating my birthday, I began celebrating my “birth-month.” And, now that I’m getting closer to the sixtieth mark, I’m finding I need more time to do all the items written down on my birth-month to-do list, so the celebration is starting sometime in the middle of July and spilling over into September. I’m slowing down a bit, so I need to be more flexible with my time-line. I know that my birth-month has arrived when I hear the sweet sound of August crickets serenading me every night. To some, the sound is an annoying cacophony of crickets. To me, it is a soothing symphony of celebration. I can almost hear it: “Happy birth-month dear Lydia! Happy birth-month to you!” I look at the crickets’ August Song as a gift from God to me. This may be silly to some and even narcissistic, but I see crickets as one of God’s many gifts of nature. Okay, they are not just for me, but isn’t it interesting that they only “sing” in August?
The second important date I’m not really sure of, but I know it happened sometime in the Winter of 1973-1974. It was at that time when I was “born again.” Jesus describes it to Nicodemus this way: “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. Your hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:5-8). Sometime during the Winter of 1973-1974, the Holy Spirit opened the eyes of my heart to see how much God loves me, disability and all: “For God so loved the world [Lydia] that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever [disabled and able-bodied] believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world [Lydia] but to save the world [Lydia] through Him” (John 3:16-17). For my Second Birth God gave me His Indescribable Gift: “Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling – His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift!” (II Corinthians 9:15 [The Amplified Bible]). The greatest gift of all is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – my Savior, Lord and Forever Friend! This is why my favorite hymn is “Fairest Lord Jesus”:
“Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature, O Thou of
God and man the Son: Thee will I cherish, Thee will
I honor, Thou my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.
Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands, Robed in the
blooming garb of spring: Jesus is fairer, Jesus is
purer, Who makes the woeful heart to sing.
Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight, And all the
Twinkling starry host: Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines
purer Than all the angels heaven can boast.
Beautiful Savior! Lord of the nations! Son of
God and Son of Man! Glory and honor, Praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine! Amen.”
(TEXT: Anonymous German Hymn, Munster Gesangbuch, 1677; MUSIC: Schlesissche Volksslieder, 1842; arranged by Richard S Willis)
“Your eyes will see the King in His beauty and view a land that stretches afar” (Isaiah 33:17).
There is still time to wish me a Happy Birth-month.