It's astounding to me every time I say that...to think that you, God, have a "Birthday."
Not a day to mark how old you are, as most of us do when it's our birthday.
Not a day to mark growth, progress in life, or changing seasons.
Not a day to mark past accomplishments and to plan for what's next.
But a day to mark the fact that God came to earth - that you humbled yourself, took on humanity and were born as a baby.
Today we celebrate that there was an actual day in history when you were born. Born in a stable, no less. Born with angelic fanfare, but only simple shepherds to welcome you as king. Born through pain and tears, followed by rejoicing.
Yes, it astounds me every time. And in this moment all that I want to say is - thank you for coming!
Thank you for coming, Jesus!
Thank you for coming.
Where would we be if you hadn't come?
How empty and hopeless life would be, if you hadn't come.
How lonely and sad we would be, if you hadn't come.
But you did come. And now we have every reason to rejoice! To celebrate! To not only praise you, but to enjoy you - here with us right now. You came so you could save us, so you could always be with us, and so one day we could be with you forever.
I'm grateful for these things every day, but especially today...your birthday. The King of kings and Lord of lords, the Good Shepherd, the Light of the world, the Great I AM, the creator of everything and every day - thank you for coming.