Birthdays are a good reminder of what God has given us. It is much more than an occasion to receive gifts.
Birthdays are a chance to remember the day that a major event occurred, to celebrate and give thanks and to reflect upon how God make things possible in our lives. In fact, reminders are biblical; God commanded the Israelites to set up stones to remind them of what God has done for them (Joshua 4:1–7). It is a time to celebrate birth itself, the joy of life.
As Eva Amor Dein, FH/Philippines junior field officer, celebrated the 3rd birthday of her son Hezekiah Samuel (Sam-sam), they wanted to give back to the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord in their life. For it is an answered prayer for them that Sam-sam came to their life on July 5, 2011.
Sam-sam is a beautiful reminder for them of what God can do in their lives—their prayer was “heard by God,” which is also the meaning of Sam-sam’s name. And so they celebrated his day by sharing what they have with a community she is working in called Catmon.
Eva and her family gave Food for the Hungry (FH) gifts for a feeding program as a celebration of Sam-sam’s life. 300 children of Dumpsite, Catmon, Malabon City were able to listen to the Word of God before they partook of porridge and bread prepared by Eva and her family.
Her husband Pastor Reden, was also present. He led the opening prayer and served food to the children. It was a fulfilling event for the couple and to see their son play with the children in the community.
As the community children saw the celebration of life, they also learned to appreciate someone’s life. We usually see birthday celebration as an event, but now they can see it as a thanksgiving to what the Lord has done in their lives.
There is no better way to celebrate it than to commit a special act of goodness. It is easy enough to say you are thankful, it is far better to show it by doing a kind deed. Not because someone is forcing you. Not because someone suggests it. But because you are grateful for all that has been given to you. And nothing, of course, gives a parent greater joy. It is the joy of life.
Blog written by Blessing Octobre, who works with Food for the Hungry in the Philippines.