Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Past 50 - Birthdays & Presents
My birthday this year was special for various reasons. My close family members all sent me early morning birthday greetings. First was my mother and then my son. Yes, my son's 6.30am greeting came with a gift of not an insignificant amount from his first pay cheque of his new job in Auckland (his second job on the trot). And then my friends from College made my day. I was thinking perhaps now exactly a month after my end of service and moving out from College, no one would remember their former Acting Principal as life goes on and people move on. And I have not told anyone at College of my birthday. But 6 former students sent greetings which gestures I will not forget and a few went out of their way to make my birthday extra special with beautifully designed e-cards and creative emojis. I have to look up the emoji meaning dictionary to decipher their messages just in case there is some hidden or concealed secret. But all in good humour it seemed. And as was my custom in ministering and being in the house of the Lord during my previous birthdays, I spent a couple of hours in prayers with a few close friends from church. It was good to meet with a young leader, a good friend perhaps now in his early 40s but saddled with grave responsibility in church.
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