Friday, April 14, 2006

Good Friday and My Birthday

It's not every year that my birthday and Good Friday come together. Today is a day of remembrance for what our Savior did for us: His struggle, His pain, His death, and His love.

What comes to mind is the poignant scene in Mel Gibson's, The Passion of the Christ, where Jesus is about to be scourged. While strapped to the whipping post, He looks at Mary and all the faces in the crowd. The love that is shown on his face is unforgetable. He knows death is near, but his love for us triumphs through the suffering.

I turned 37 today in knowing how much my Heavenly Father and Savior love me and have walked with me through this very difficult year. I have previously shared my bumpy ride, but it compares not with what others have been through. For example:

- Howie Luvzus giving us the suffering of Hurricane Katrina and his struggles to live through it.
- My sister shattering her ankle and having three subsequent operations to repair it.
- Kevin Bussey and his journey from Alabama to North Carolina.

There is so much more.

The good news is, Jesus is with us, now and forever. He has risen and we should be thankful for what he did for us.

In closing, I celebrate this day of life: A day of thanks, praise, and give Glory to the One who made me.


Tim Ellsworth said...

Happy birthday, Mark.

Mark said...

Tim, Thank you.

I feel old...

Kevin Bussey said...

Happy Birthday!! Enjoy Canton!

Jeff said...

Good on ya, Mark. Happy Birthday/Good Friday.