Monday, September 03, 2007

Birthday Joy

Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

In the midst of the sorrows of recent days, God gives joy. One year ago on Labor Day, September 4th, a little light sparkled and began to shine in our lives. This little light is named Selena and as most of you know, is our first grandchild. Many of you have followed my posts, off and on for the past year, as I've written about the various ways and means that this little light has shone for those of us who know and love her.

She had her birthday party on Saturday, which was enjoyed by all, but least of all by her. But there is something she enjoyed immensely, which you can see by the above picture--the little cake that her mom made especially for her. She particularly liked the pink part of the icing! I found out Saturday that she really likes the color pink; for some reason that little fact had escaped my knowledge. We played a game of Selena facts at the party and I found out how much I didn't know, such as the name of the hospital where she was born, and I was right there! I was glad that grandparents were disqualified. She had a big bakery cake with pink and purple decorations, which was adorned with a "number 1" candle, which burned for a short bit before being blown out after the birthday song.

Which brings me to the main point of this post. You probably know what's coming next. My earnest prayer for this little lady, now in this world for one year, is that Jesus will one day touch her heart through His gospel, and she'll be given a light which will begin shining for Him. I hope this light begins shining at an early age, so that she might escape the effects of being swallowed up by the darkness of this world. We know that when the Lord gives her the light of Himself, no one will ever be able to blow it out. And isn't this what we all want for our children and grandchildren?

So, Happy First Birthday to our little Selena, who has brightened our lives already. In honor of the occasion, I'm posting the chorus of the song that she loves to sing:

This little light of mine,

I'm gonna let it shine

This little light of mine,

I'm gonna let it shine

This little light of mine,

I'm gonna let it shine

Let it shine,

Let it shine,

Let it shine.


A Note From Theresa said...

Happy birthday to your little grand daughter.

Beka said...

Yes, happy birthday Lena! We, too, pray that her little light will shine from her earliest years.

Beverly said...

Lena says, "Dadoo Nanna!" She just opened her little songbook that you made for her. We sang from it this morning :-)

Lori said...

OH wow!! I remember the posts of anticipation waiting for this little light to show her beautiful face!!

Happy Birthday Selena (sorry if that is spelled incorrectly!)!!

Cathy said...

lol, goodness, she did enjoy that cake. :-) A lovely post, Maxine. Sounds like Jesus is already shining in her little heart. :)

Sara said...

Happy birthday dear Lena! What a pretty post Mrs. R. :)

Penless Thoughts said...

Adorable picture!

Phoebe said...

What a beautiful birthday girl! xoxox

Tanya said...

Happy birthday to Lena!! She's so beautiful. :) The prayer in this post is exactly what I desire most for my children. Above all else, I want them to desire Christ! May He be fully glorified in our generation and those to come.

Sara said...

I was just glancing over this post again, and remembering how much I used to love singing "This Little Light of Mine". Makes me wish I was little again. :)

Daughter of the King said...

Wonderful picture...of a sweet little girl...and yes...your prayer for her is so right on...and it is wonderful that she has such a Godly grandmother...
WE have 5 small grandsons...another grandchild on the way..blessings..blessings...

sparrow's song said...

What an absolute gem your granddaughter is!

Blessings to sweet Selena.

I wish her many 'pink' thingies to enjoy.
(hee hee)