The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship.” Psalm 19:1
Happy birthday…I think. Well, tomorrow, for the 68th time I am going to have a birthday. They sure seem to roll around quickly these days. They say that age is just a number, and a birthday is just a date on the calendar, but the bottom line is the number gets bigger and that date rolls around way too fast…or so it seems. Ever since I was a kid, I thought birthdays were cool. Mine happens to fall right after Christmas but it was always special when family and friends remembered it. And, January 6th, is a special day…or at least it was.
You see, back in the old days and I mean the way-back old days, January 6th was when they celebrated Christmas. So, as it turns out, I was born on Christmas Day. And then, one of the Popes decided to change it and well, so long Christmas. Also, January 6th was also known as Epiphany or the day that the three wise men showed up to see the baby Jesus. Well, no one really knows if there were three or not and no one knows when they really showed up. The Bible seems to say that it was a couple of years before they finally arrived. Oh well, at least it was still my birthday and in my small world that was something…until last year.
I’m not a big news watcher so it is no surprise that I didn’t know what happened last January 6th until it was over. That was the day that whatever happened at the Capital building happened. The bottom line is that it will be known as a tragic day in American history. Already, people are talking, and news conferences are being planned and I’m sure there will be a lot of press that day. Chances are, even in my little world, some of the happy birthdays will be traded for, “Do you remember?” And all of that is fine…I’m not whining, I’m just amazed how one thing affects another. After all I’m not the only one who kind of lost His birthday.
Just a couple of weeks ago we celebrated Christmas and as most everyone knows it is when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. But guess what? It seems that somewhere along that road His birthday got lost too. It was almost swallowed up with busy calendars and dozens of traditions…which is all fine. In fact, I love most of them. But the problem comes when we allow all of that to smother what it is all about—Jesus. And I think it happens at Easter too. In fact, in our world at “500 mph,” it can and does happen every day. What all that means is that we Jesus followers will need to work hard to keep Him at the forefront of not just Christmas…but every single day.
Well, that’s it. Today’s Grits isn’t really about my birthday, but you have to admit it is cool that it used to be Christmas and is remembered as “Three Kings Day.” No, today’s Grits is all about remembering Jesus and making sure He gets the preeminence that He deserves. Maybe we can make a point that every time we look up at the stars, we remember the bright one that declared His birth two thousand years ago. The Bible declares in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.” We put candles on a cake, but He just out did us. He lights up the sky with the stars and created everything else and that is awesome. So even though Christmas is in the rearview mirror, let’s kept Jesus right up front with us. After all, no matter what we face, it’s good to know that “He’s got this.” Happy birthday, Jesus! Bro. Dewayne.