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Life of the Party

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.—PSALM 118:24 [ESV]

My mom is the upbeat type. But when we spoke on the phone the night before my birthday this past year, she sounded down. I thought she would be happy to hear that a friend was taking me to lunch to celebrate since my husband would be out of town. But it only seemed to make things worse.

What could I do from 450 miles away? I called my brother and sister-in-law, who live closer to Mom. Missy, my sister-in-law, had a great idea. “How about a long-distance birthday party?” she said.

While I was out with my friend at my favorite restaurant, Mom and Missy enjoyed their own party in my honor. Missy brought along a bouquet of flowers and some cake to Mom’s nursing home. She even brought the present she was planning to send me so Mom could see it first. Thanks to video-calling and picture-messaging on our cell phones, we were all able to celebrate together.

It was one of my most memorable birthdays. And Mom was the life of my party!

Lord, thank you for granting us ways we can be together even when we are far apart.

Adapted from
Strength & Grace Magazine

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