Today marks the first day of the first year of my eighth decade. A few years ago I thought 71 was getting old, but today I don’t think or feel it’s as old as I once thought it was.
Each birthday the last few years has prompted a wide range of thoughts as I have reflected on my past. Not everyone who thinks back over their years can say they were blessed, but I certainly can. It isn’t that I have not had any problems and troubles, I have; but even in the difficult and challenging times I was blessed.
Emails and Facebook posts today wishing me Happy Birthday have been uplifting and encouraging. I am grateful for so many friends who took the time and made the effort to acknowledge the beginning of another year for me.
I heard today from friends from high school, friends from college, friends from my first church job as a youth minister, friends from the first church I served as minister, friends from a church I planted in California and stayed for 30 years, and friends from my current church where I am Pastor of Senior Adult Ministry.
As I noted the birthday wishes from so many, I could not help but remember and reminisce over so many great times I experienced and enjoyed with friends through the years. One definition of reminisce is “to talk or write about past experiences that you remember with pleasure.”
Today I have been reminded of many people and happenings I remember with pleasure. As much as some may want to, however, there is no going back. We do have our memories, and with God’s blessings we will continue to make more in the future.
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