I live along old Route 66 and today is my Birthday 66.
I woke up this morning to a not so pleasant surprise: the furnace had stopped working. I’m glad it wasn’t on a bitter cold winter day. But it’s fixed now.
A friend invited me out for lunch, a very much appreciated gesture.
Sarah and I after lunch at Panera
Where have I spent my birthdays related to 6 in my international life?
1946 — born in Örebro, Sweden
6 yrs — Osorno, Chile
1956 — Toronto, Canada
16 yrs — Tarma, Peru
1966 — Buenos Aires, Argentina
26 yrs – Huancayo, Peru
1976 — Chaclacayo, Peru
36 yrs — Huancayo, Peru
1986 — Cochabamba, Bolivia
From here on in my USA life
46 yrs — Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
1996 — Colorado Springs, Colorado
56 yrs — Springfield, Missouri
2006 — Springfield, Missouri
The first birthday present I remember was from when I turned 7 and my mom and dad gave me a watch. That was something very special those many years back. Sadly, I lost it shortly thereafter when our house burnt to the ground.
A very simple buy powerful present was given to me by one of the young people from our church in Huancayo, Peru. It was a Bible passage, Psalm 92:10. At that particular time of my life I was very tired, but that birthday present really invigorated me.
Translations don’t come out the same in every language, and the way this verse reads in Spanish just overwhelmed me. In English: “You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured upon me.” The literal translation from the Spanish version is this: “You increase my strength like that of a buffalo; you pour fresh oil on my head.” What a promise!
When I turned 50 I received a present that I had to give up. We lived in Colorado at the time, and my parents and sibling gave me money for a hot air balloon ride. That would have been so much fun, but I had to use the money to buy groceries.
I don’t take my birthdays for granted anymore. I am happy to say that I’m a 4-year cancer survivor! I could have been celebrating my birthday in heaven, which is the greatest celebration. But I’m happy to be here to support my daughter and see my grandchildren grow up. I’m also very blessed to contribute stories and teaching materials for future generations to know Christ.
Sarah’s brother and sisters called me this morning to wish me Happy Birthday and sing for me. Then I asked Sarah if she was going to sing for me. “No, you sing for yourself,” she said. So I did! I sang “Happy Birthday to me,” and Sarah hummed along.
What a happy birthday to be alive and to be loved by family and friends, but most of all by God my Lord and Savior!
I wonder if I’ll be here for 2016!