Today is Paul’s birthday but he is not here. Too soon after this photo was taken he died, having endured a cruel and fatal disease. His life seemed perfect in every way. Wife, parents, children too young to understand, siblings and friends were all crushed by God upon the death of my only brother and best friend.
I am so grateful for his life though. He didn’t leave this world like a snuffed wick but with a legacy of faith and courage. His testimony and encouraging words live on in the many hearts he touched through his letters….
“…although I may have cancer, there are MANY reasons to praise God. I can start by thanking Him for the most wonderful parents…”
“I have complete faith in God to help me weather storms when they come.”
“There is no better source of comfort than you will find in Christ’s Word.”
“I have read several times that all of Heaven rejoices when a man’s soul is saved, and hell trembles…Submit to God, repent, and God will not forsake you.”
“I know full well that my life is in the Hands of the Lord. He has the keys to the car, and I am going along for His ride…”
We don’t need a birth date to remember Paul.
I often think of the Lord’s birth, the greatest ever upon this earth, and yet He purposefully kept it obscure and unknown throughout the ages. We marvel at Christ’s life, are humbled by His atoning death for our sins, and in reconciling with God, rejoice at the promise of eternal life in His Kingdom.
Some birthdays are celebrated, some stand as landmarks of lives already passed. Today I remember my beautiful brother and celebrate his life in Christ, knowing that we will reunite in God’s Kingdom. In John 11:25, Jesus said:
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
No Happy Birthday….Happy Forevermore.