On Birthdays, By Ron

Four Score and Three Years ago…

It’s a month for birthdays at the Whitler house.

The Four Score: This past Tuesday (May 6) we celebrated Celia’s father’s 80th birthday. He had a heart attack while visiting us the prior week and so we had the party in his hospital room. We had pictures and singing and cake, doctors and nurses and friends, cards and letters . . . and one candle for 81! He’s scheduled to come back to our house tomorrow. We’re glad we could be with him during this illness. He’s in great spirits and his cardiologist appreciates his sense of humor and his spirit as he walks through this ordeal. (Please keep us in your prayers during this time of recovery. If you’d like to send a card to Rev.Bill Sirman, you can send it to him at PO Box 1385 Franklin, TN 37065)

The Three: Max turns three next week and he is excited. Last night we were in the grocery store picking up a few items (we really went for ice cream, but I insisted we buy some oatmeal while we were there, as balance is critical.) We rolled through the bakery area and as we passed the cakes, Max yelled “My Birthday Cake” . . . There will be another part next week!

I’m reminded of the familiar verses from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Whatever it’s time for in your life . . . do it BIG! . . . Ron

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