From: Mary Zimmerman
Well, donít birthdays roll around fast these days! I tell you it seems when youíre busy raising your family they will always be with you, then before you know it they all have left the nest. Life goes on for awhile with its mountains and valleys (joys and sorrows), then one morning you wake up and youíre pushing 80, itís so hard to comprehend. Well yesterday was my birthday. Iím not yet exposing my age other than 65 plus. My 11-year-old grandson Matt is about the only one that really knows and heís not telling, so donít bribe him with a Mountain Dew or M&Ms.
I went to 7 a.m. Mass. I needed to thank God for the gift of my life. I would guess my parents must have rejoiced that finally a girl came along (the only one) amidst several boys. Well upon returning from church there was a great happy birthday message on my answering machine. All six of my children and some grandchildren touched base with me in one way or another, with phone calls, beautiful flowers, very loving heartfelt greeting cards, a lot of lottery tickets (I won $61), lunch at Taco Johnís and a pizza supper at home. My goodness what did I do to deserve all this kindness?
I once told one of my children Iíll love all of you till my dying day. I soon realized that was incorrectly stated. I should have said for all eternity. Surely love doesnít end in heaven. In my heart I could almost hear my family choir in heaven singing happy birthday mom, we love you.
Do I have any words of wisdom for this generation and the world? As a matter of fact I do. As perhaps I am nearing the golden years of my life I have come to realize whatís really important in life. Surely it is to implant the gifts of the Holy Spirit in oneís life - love, joy, forgiveness, etc. - and work on developing a deep trust in God. I guess we never quite reach our goal or potential on any of these great attributes, but perhaps God doesnít judge merely on being totally successful but gives us credit for trying. May I ask a simple question? Most of us realize that God made us. My question is why? The Baltimore Catechism tells us it is to love and serve God in this world and be happy in heaven with Him someday. Heaven should be our goal. Yes, death seems like a rather morbid experience but it is a part of life, plus itís the key that opens the door to eternity, hopefully heaven. So let us all use the gifts the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon us at confirmation and heed the word of God concerning the works of mercy. I was hungry and you fed me, naked and you clothed me, etc. Lord when? I donít remember such an occasion. He answers, ďOh yes, my friend, as long as you did it to the least of my brethren you did it to me.Ē
The day after my birthday I found a piece of Dairy Queen cake in the refrigerator instead of the freezer. Iím not much for wasting food, but I couldnít even salvage this for the birds (I like to feed the birds). Donít tell my kids, they might think Iím losing it (when Iím really not). Letís not sweat the small stuff and leave it go at that. Iím kind of on a diet anyway. I also reread all my nice cards this morning from family and friends. Now Iíll have to try to live up to the nice things the verses said about me.