Psalm 139:13-16 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
I call it “Celebration Season.” From the end of December to February, we celebrate five birthdays, including Jesus’ birthday. Thankfully, we like celebrating. We try to make a big deal, with special food requests and a fun cake. We might even throw in a trip to the Zoo.
Some might ask: “What’s the big deal? Why do you make such a big deal over a day?”
Great question! I will give two reasons.
First, we want the birthday person to know that they are unique and loved. To do that, we hit all the love languages at once during that day. If you do not know the love languages, look for a future article.
Second, we believe life should be celebrated. Birthdays should be celebrated because that day marks when a life has entered the world.
January is Right to Life Month. Many churches have hosted Right to Life Sundays. Some have traveled to Lincoln or Washington D.C. for Right to Life Marches. Calvary Bible Church collected a special offering to send to Beginnings Pregnancy Resource Center in O’Neill to help young mothers keep their babies and provide healing for those who have chosen abortion.
We believe that God is the one who gives life. Every life that he provides is unique and should be fiercely defended. We believe that abortion is a violent ending of that God-given life and should be illegal. We believe that followers of Jesus Christ, having true life from Him, should be vocal about celebrating life.
One way of being vocal is Right to Life Month. Another way is finding normal avenues to celebrate, like birthdays, anniversaries, or simple, daily statements: “I love you and am grateful that you are in my life.”
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Pastor of Calvary Bible Church, Neligh, NE. Missionary with RHMA. Husband to Maggie. Father to Grace, David, and Daniel. Saved by Jesus Christ