XXXIII

 

33

the atomic number of arsenic

+33 is the code for international direct-dial phone calls to France

Jesus performed 33 miracles

Jesus died at the age of 33 in 33 A.D.

the numerical equivalent of AMEN: 1+13+5+14=33

thirty-three
the number after 32 and before 34

and also the new number my best friend is receiving today…the day of her birth!
33
Happy Birthday, my friend!!

it’s all about you today…

we’ve had our share of ups and downs
of heartache and celebration
of questioning and searching
of cuisine nights
of needed separation
of prayer for each other
of solid support
of fierce loyalty
of smothering (on my part) and uncovering the new
of unending grace
of love – pure and simple

my heart bursts with pride for her…of the woman she is and is becoming
of the risks she takes
of her commitment
of her obedience

I am proud of the mother she is growing into…the hole in her heart is truly going to be filled with a precious little one…God has picked she and Jason for the perfect little one who needs
safety
compassion
love
mercy
grace
peace
kindness
gentleness

all of that is in God’s hands…and that is what we have to cling to
His perfect timing
His strong hands holding us tight

thirty-three
is also the perfect age for change and challenge
thirty-three
is just right for renewed commitment
thirty-three
is ideal for you….because this is your birthday

thank you Rachel and David for raising a strong, beautiful young woman…
thank you Jason for loving her deeply

thank you Kristine for being my friend…

it wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t have a song to go with this….so, I am pulling from my plethora of tunes and revisiting a Fernando Ortega ballad

Take heart my friend, we can walk together
And if our burdens become too great
We can hold up and help one another
In God’s love, in God’s grace

I love you to the moon and back!
Happy Birthday!!

unending grace…

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