Saturday, August 25, 2007

Feeling Young at 44

After 30, birthdays generally are just a reminder that we are getting old, and hopefully more mature. It is also a good reminder to check for those wacky hairs that start suddenly appearing out of your nose and/or ears . . .which wouldn't be so bad if I could at least grow a beard or a decent gotee (as appose to an indecent gotee).

Today, as I drove up to Mass (that I have dubbed the "moth ball mass", because of the amount of my elders who attend, and the aroma that is often associated with them), I saw one of the regular attendees slowly making his way to the church. This wonderfully frail man makes his oh so slow trek to the parish every morning, and although he lives only a few blocks away, at his pace, it most likely is a half hour, or more, journey each way.

I said a silent prayer that I would be like that when I was his age, and pondered why more of us don't make the effort to receive the Lord everyday. Time for yoga class, time for the newspaper or reading wannabe monkish blogs, time even for prayer . . .but not time to make the sacrifice of daily showing the one who took nails in His hands, that we are His alone.

I am so thankful that the Lord allowed me to be so broken last year that I could only see Him, and even more thankful that once the healing began, I still only saw, and desired, Him.

Thank You my King for another year of precious life!
with great love,
your son,
mike
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11 comments:

Athos said...

Many happy returns, Michael. I hope you will be there on Wednesday evening to help celebrate Dawn's 39th. I'm working on 53 m'self...

Musical Monk said...

Thanks for the wishes, and for making me feel young (O:

Seeya Wednesday

B said...

happy birthday!! I was at a bookstore last night, saw a book, and though " I wonder when your birthday is" wow.. It was the next day...

Musical Monk said...

The thought does in fact count, thanks brother B,

Your samples were enjoyed by Jim and myself, nice job!

JV said...

Happy Birthday, Michael! Grace and mercy to you!

Bender said...

An exceedingly Happy Birthday to you! And I hope to see you soon in person to tell you.

. said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a blessed and peaceful day.

Frater said...

Happy Birthday! May God bless you with all Good Things...

Anonymous said...

The Moth Ball Mass...I love it.

God bless you for taking the time to get there every day, and Happy Birthday!

C.J. said...

I'm glad Dawn made note of the day. I hope it has been a good one. If it started with Mass--superb! After you receive the ultimate Gift, what else is there?

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! I hit "Publish Your Comment" before realizing I forgot to put money in this message. Sorry!

John J. Simmins