His First Birthday

Today is the birthday of the little boy we are trying to adopt, well at least the date that we gave him. He turns one today and I as I think of him, the millions of others who do not get to celebrate birthdays became heavy on my heart. I realize one year olds do not remember their first birthdays, but you would not think this the way by the way we treat first birthdays in the West. There are often multiple parties, lots of presents, food and even a cake just for the little one (which is the most fun!). I don't know, maybe they are really meant to celebrate the parents, the fact that they survived the first year of parenting and sleeping a lot less. Either way, there is nothing inherently wrong with this until, however, you take something else into consideration....the other half. Don't get me wrong I am right in the mix when it comes time to celebrating first birthdays and still will be celebrating birthdays to come but I pray, in a new light. A Light of knowing the other half. Sometimes it all seems a bit ridiculous when you consider the overwhelming number of children who do not possess the basic needs for life.

How did we get so far away from what the early church was known for? Is it solely becuase its out of sight out of mind? Or is it really just too hard? Should where you live, determine if you live? Or if you have a family to celebrate birthdays with? When you think about what the cost of one birthday party can do for a child in other parts of the world it simply no longer adds up for me.....some kids are dying from something stupid like diarrhea. And on the other hand seeing the outcome of spoiled children and their struggles in life makes it really not worth it.

A challenge for all the mothers out there including me, please celebrate you child's first birthday. Children are indeed a blessing and parties are indeed fun and great part of childhood. We will be eating cake on those special days....Let's just not forget those precious children who will likely never taste cake unless we step in and help.

To the little one,

We do not have connection with you, nor do we even know God's plan for you in our lives, but today I feel like the best present I can give you is fasting and praying all day for your precious life. Maybe this will be a good discipline to start for all my kids (to come) on their special day..or maybe the next day after the cake.

This is from The Shaping of Things to Come, which talks about missional Living. I am currently reading it and I would definitely recommend it. It came out seven years ago, but says the same things as in The Radical Series.

"Generosity and hospitality were hallmarks of the Christian movement from the start. And this took the form of costly and radical sharing. As worthwhile as food drives and Christmas hampers might be, much of the church’s Generosity is not terribly costly for believers. Selfless, humble, and gracious generosity will mark the church as a unique source of salt and light in the community. Clearly the early church, centered on the apostles’ teaching about Jesus, saw generosity as an obviously expression of Christilikeness." 

Lord Help me truely undestand this; truely give for you and your desires and truely understand sacrifice.

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Jones  – (August 8, 2010 at 2:47 PM)  

Ya'll are such AWESOME people!! Always having a giving and servant heart! Your new addition will be so blessed to have ya'll as parents and family! Lifting your lovely family up, and for your new bundle of joy! Love Ya'll!! :)

Jessica  – (September 29, 2010 at 12:22 PM)  

Hoping it all continues to go well. Happy birthday, little one.

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