Today I read an article about a favorite birthday gift. The article was written by a person who said her favorite birthday gift ever was a blessing from her grandmother. This grandmother, year after year, would tell this little poem to each child on their birthday.
Many happy returns on the day of thy birth,
May sunshine and gladness be given.
May God in His mercy prepare you on earth
For a beautiful birthday in heaven. (Jacobs and Lincoln)
The author of the article said she waited all day for the blessing. Sometimes her grandmother would call, sometimes she would give the blessing when she saw the child that day, or sometimes it was given at the family birthday party. She said it was the same gift every year and one that she carried with her all year and now gives to her family.
I just thought this was a great idea and an idea for a family tradition that could be used by us.
"Our grandchildren need hopeful, encouraging, inspiring words from the people they love. I pray the Lord will give us the eyes to see the significance of even the smallest word of encouragement. May we renew our efforts to share simple, special moments with our grandchildren and reassure them that they are loved and never alone." Kay Swatkowski