Tick tock, Tick tock, That’s usually how clocks talk.
But a few, many years ago, on August 19th, seconds were marked by your mother’s heartbeat, time denoted by your father’s nervous footsteps and his irregular blinking. But when he, when she, when they held your wailing body in their arms, clocks stopped speaking and talking, for Father Time had stopped moving to take a peek at this tiny being. You know, they say there are 43 facial muscles. Some people have more, others have less. You’ll read on Facebook that it takes 17 of those muscles to smile. Lemme tell you this: There are certain moments in life that, when we encounter them, no amount of facial muscles or gestures can express what we feel. And your birth was most definitely one of them. The doctor and botanist will say that you were planted 9 months prior, but that’s not entirely true. You see, the Gardener, and purposeful Creator, who made Job in his momma’s womb, and you in your uhmuhni’s womb, saw you, knew you, loved you, and was for you long before he even made the first flower you’re named after. Tonight’s celebration marks a time stamp between all your “uhjuhggehs” and all your “nehil.” And may God bless you with many more tomorrows and “sengil.” This birthday marks what was ticked by your first footsteps, tocked by your transition from boy #2 to boy #3, and everything else that was. This anniversary welcomes a new time where loved ones come home taking their first steps, and loved ones go taking their final breaths. A new time where anything can happen, and anything will happen. As you are blessed with many more birthdays, you will change. So will the world. because this c-word, like the c in e=mc2, is a constant, But there is something much more everlasting than change. A four-letter word. That starts with the letter F. (gasp)
And the Word is Father. And His Son. And His Spirit. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And just like 6 letters break the confines of a 4-lettered word, so the love of the Father broke through every chain and wall and boundary for you.
And know this. Your life and name are fragrant to him, like a daisy. The Good Shepherd sees you, God Omniscient knows you, the Redeemer of His people loves you, and the King of angel armies is for you.