About birthdays. Several days ago I was waiting at the deli for the next batch of fried chicken when a man in his sixties came in. He had called in his order two days earlier. We started talking and I learned that it was his granddaughter's first birthday.
He said, "She probably won't remember this day for long but there are some 5 grandparents and great grandparents that will. Plus a bunch of others."
He placed the 3 boxes in his basket, some 75 pieces of chicken that will put a dent in the budget of most people where I live. However, he walked away beaming with pride with a mile wide smile.
I've been out of the cult for 42 years but had never looked at birthdays from that perspective. That birthday, which would be soon forgotten by a one-year-old, would be a catalyst for bringing an entire family and friends together -- not tearing them apart. Photos to be later seen by that birthday girl in years to come will contribute to her self esteem in ways that cannot be measured, making strong family bonds and making her heart happy.
Are you listening, Watchtower?