In church this morning, we remembered September 11, 2001. All over the television, the radio, and the blogs, people are remembering the tragedies of that day. It is the custom in our to have announcements at the very end of the service. In addition to news about Sunday School, the upcoming men's group retreat, and the plugs for fair trade coffee being sold in the narthex, it is a time for sharing of celebrations: birthdays, anniversaries, other important family news. Today I had something to share.
Do you see that happy, happy man with the sleepy baby right there to the left? That's Tom, our older son, born on this date in 1974. A good friend from church, Paul, shares this birthday, albeit in a different year.
Even as we remember our horrible losses of ten years ago, let us not forget that God is the giver of life, and give thanks for the birthdays of Tom, Paul, Jason, Brenda Filer, Woody's Mom, and all of the others for whom this day has been significant for all of their lives.