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Happy Birthday Every Year

Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

IMG_5725I have several daily disciplines. Some come and some go. Some are intentionally for a season, and some fade through failure.

Though I have had many reading plans, none has been as sustaining as “The One Minute Bible.”

At first when I heard of “The One Minute Bible” I dismissed it as insignificant, but for more twenty years this copy (and now digital copies) has led me through important passages of Scripture that I might have missed without a guide.

Happy Birthday Every Year

Today is November 10th, my birthday.

Thanks to “The One Minute Bible” I always read the happiest of news on my birthday.

Every year on November 10th I read the happiest of news. Despite the gravest of circumstances, justice and compassion, and mercy and grace win. Love wins!

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 1

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 2

Happy Birthday This Year

More than two hundred people were gracious enough to express their love and respect for me today. They were so kind, but no one shared such a great love and respect for me, or with you, as God did when God died and rose to prove that love wins!

#mysilentscream: We can all have a happy birthday every year with this news!

1 – John 20:1-9, NIV

2 – John 19-20, NIV

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