Hey there! We heard that today is a big day for you!
Congratulations on circling the sun one more time!
Happy "oldest-you-have-ever-been and youngest-you-will-ever-be-again" day!
Bon anniversaire! (french)
Feliz Cumpleaños! (spanish)
Hauʻoli Lā Hānau (hawaiian, pronounced as how-oh-lay la ha-now)
However you say it - we wish you the greatest celebration of today!
Speaking of birthday parties, did you know that there are two mentioned in the Bible?
Birthday #1: Pharaoh’s Birthday Party (Genesis 40):
At the first birthday party we find Joseph locked behind bars interpreting dreams for two men who used to serve in the King of Eygpt’s court. One man was Pharaoh’s cupbearer. The other was his baker. Joseph correctly predicted that both men would have their “heads lifted up” by Pharaoh. The cup-bearer’s head was lifted up and he was restored to his original office. The baker’s head was also “lifted up” and placed in a noose and hung. Nice party. Try the veal.
Birthday #2: King Herod’s Birthday Party (Matthew 14):
At the second party we find John the Baptist bound and imprisoned at the request of Herodias, King Herod’s sister in law. During the party, Herodias’ daughter was dancing (think dirty, not square) before the king. The dance pleased King Herod so much that he promised (with an oath) to give the girl whatever she asked. Having been prompted by her mother, she asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Odd request. Most girls her age ask for earrings. Sadly, she got her wish.
There are a couple of lessons for you here.
On your special day…
Keep your dreams to yourself.
Don’t party with kings.
SERIOUSLY THOUGH, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU @ HUMC VERY SOON!