Something that I’ve been thinking about lately is Birthday wishes, specifically how they’re delivered. Before the days of Facebook, you’d generally have a party where you’d be given presents and cards. Other methods could come are in the form of an SMS, phone call, or even a personal visit: one of my most memorable birthday greetings was being picked up by a good friend, John and taken around to his place for a gourmet BBQ lunch cooked up by him; my how technology has changed the ways in which we relate.
Nowadays it’s just a huge slew of wall posts, usually along the lines of:
Happy Birthday!! Hope the day is good/enjoyable/fun/memorable…
Whilst I think that’s not a bad thing, I reckon that they can and should be more personal, especially if you know the person as a bit more than an acquaintance, and even more so if they’re a Christian brother or sister. Whilst we are encouraged in Ephesians 5 to …be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… it can be difficult to do this all the time, to everyone we know, so why not utilise someone’s birthday as an especial day to practice this instruction: to address them in Psalms, and to thank God for them, and letting them know that??