Thank you, God, for allowing me to see this day.
Despite the doubt and worry (and, sometimes, not a small measure of bitterness at times), I am truly grateful to be alive.
I really think that is why we celebrate birthdays. This day has a way of focusing one's attention on how benevolent and generous God is to you, because you focus on the very first gift He has bestowed: coming into being. It is a way to "share your Master's joy" just because you now exist. It is a way to remind yourself that despite "all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams," you are made in His image and likeness and are "very good".
I really only have one wish:
One thing I ask of the LORD; this I seek: To dwell in the LORD'S house all the days of my life, To gaze on the LORD'S beauty, to visit his temple.Psalm 27:4
May the following days bring me abundant blessings.
Say a prayer for me.