Many, many times in the past 27 years since we moved to this town, I have spent time on this day, September 23, at The Lighthouse, a Christian bookstore. I did so today, too. Only my visit there today was not the same as it was in the past. You see, today was my mom's birthday and tomorrow is my oldest daughter's birthday. Each year, on this day, I would go to the bookstore in search of the perfect birthday cards for them.
Today I did find the perfect birthday card for my daughter. The daughter cards were there in the rack, right next to the mother birthday cards. As I decided on a card for Kari, I felt a lump rise up in my throat and tears form in my eyes. I could see the beautiful mother birthday cards, but I only needed one card today. Mom has been gone over a year now, and is celebrating her second birthday in Heaven.
And then the thought came to me that she wouldn't even want a card from me today! What could be better than having a birthday party with Jesus!