Singing + Celebrating : Grafton’s 3rd Birthday

Happy birthday to you!

Happy birthday to you!

Happy birthday dear Grafton —

Happy birthday to you!

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Praise God from whom all blessings flow. • Jesus, thank you for our precious Grafton, who is a blessing, a gift, our heritage, our son, brother, and friend.

Praise Him all creatures here below. • Lord God, we as Yours praise You for G’s life and we pray He will soon join us in pure praise of You. May He soon fully fear and follow You, not straying, but sticking to Your Way all of his days. Already he ends his prayers “Hallelujah! Amen.” And we pray he lives Your praise, a strong and mighty praise warrior for God.

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. • Truly Grafton is a gift from You, a gift protected by Your heavenly host. Thank you! Let’s all on heaven and on earth sing together today.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! • May we raise him well, steward him well in the Gospel, that our son may know You fully and deeply, that Grafton may live for Your Great Name.

Amen! 

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Today we praise God for Grafton, for his precious life, and we praise God for all He has made Grafton, and is making him.

Grafton is instantly sweet and kind, quiet and relationally intuitive. He watches to learn. He continues to be gentle and diplomatic, a good team player. He has best friends “Leland and Samuel” and has a peice of himself missing whenever he is without his brother. He was born a brother, and what a precious God-given position “brother” is. He takes care of Leland, and often that is my charge to him. Instead of simply saying “I love you” which often doesn’t cross his lips, he gives warm kisses and long hugs with his little arms stretched out, wrapped around you. And those blue eyes. And curly white-blonde locks. And pure skin. I would understand if you mistook him for an angel. I was under the same impression when I saw him resting quietly, breathing deeply, in the clear crib at the hospital. And in only a few blinks, a few sleeps, a few steps, many memories  made and much, much laughter, he’s turned three and by God’s grace, we are here to celebrate.

When we celebrate a birthday, we celebrate God’s grace, the gift of life, the person preserved and promised future by Him and in Him. This is why we celebrate so deeply, so joyfully.

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I love this quote from G K Chesterton —

“The first fact about the celebration of a birthday is that it is a way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive. . . . But there is a second fact about Birthdays, and the birth-song of all creation, a fact which really follows on this; but which, as it seems to me, the other school of thought almost refuses to recognize. The point of that fact is simply that it is a fact. In being glad about my Birthday, I am being glad about something which I did not myself bring about.” (G K’s Weekly, 1935)

In being glad, so so glad, for Grafton and his birthday, we celebrate life and something big that we didn’t bring about ourselves.

And we humbly and gladly and loudly sing —

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

And Happy Birthday to you!!!!!

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