Thought for the Week
I had a significant birthday this year.
Well that’s what everybody told me it was, does being a whole year older than last year made this year significant?
It was fun and I enjoy it. A fancy meal, lovely cake ( not one from the supermarket) and lovely cards and presents. So turning 50-years-old was not bad at all.
But as of significant, I’m not so sure.
I know people who are in their 90s and I have two members of my congregation who were 100-years-old at the beginning of the year and another will be 100 years in July… wow. So being 50 years is just a child.
All birthdays are important, whatever age you are, another year older is a time to celebrate, to give and receive warm wishes.
In the Church, we have just celebrated Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is always seven weeks after Easter Sunday; that is to say, 50 days after Easter (inclusive of Easter Day). In other words, it falls on the eighth Sunday, counting Easter Day (number 50 again).
We remember the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ, as described in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1–31.
For this reason, Pentecost is described today as the “birthday of the Church”. It’s a happy Sunday we come together to celebrate a great event.
So no matter how old or young you are celebrate birthdays and every day single day, each day is significant and special. And 50 is not such a bad number after all. Karen Hamilton, Deacon, Cambuslang Parish Church.