What if the ghost of birthday future visited me tonight and woke me from a deep sleep. He appeared wanting to show me what my future might hold. It was, of course, once again my birthday (by then I must have been officially older than dirt). It was a celebration to equal none of the others in the past~EVERYONE was involved!
Weeks of preparation had gone into the decorations. EVERY square inch of my home seemed to be covered with glitz and glamour. Why there were even lights outside! Lights so bright you might think the stars had fallen out of the sky to celebrate the day!
AND THEN, there were the presents. Well thought out, and beautifully decorated presents. HEAPS OF PRESENTS!
NOTHING, THOUGH, could compare to the birthday food. A feast fit for a king or in this case queen! Tables filled to the brim with every delicacy and favorite birthday food imaginable. And the crowning glory, was that birthday cake. Layer after layer of every flavor imaginable--beautifully decorated---waiting to be cut.
The guests were crammed into the room--so thick they could scarcely move. Everyone seemed to be there.
The ghost from birthday future asked me did I notice anything missing from the party. I looked very closely, but it seemed every detail was taken care of. Surely this was the best--most perfect birthday party EVER! And then the guests began to sing "Happy Birthday!" As everyone scanned the room looking for the honoree, it soon became apparent I was not there. As the hosts began questioning where I could be, they soon discovered they had failed to send me an invitation. I was not invited to my own birthday party where everyone was celebrating me. The guest of honor was MIA--an oversight in the busyness of all the preparations. On the very day I was honored, I had not been included in the party.
Don't forget to invite Jesus this year when you celebrate His birth. After all--
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”