Candle On The Birthday Cake
By Rev. James L. Snyder
(July 21) is my birthday. As birthdays go, mine seem to go pretty
fast. It used to be that my birthday came every year. Now, every time
I turn around itís my birthday. Iím
tempted to stop turning around.
week Iíve given some thought to the aging
process and the very idea of getting older. One conclusion Iíve come to, I
plan to get as old as I possibly can.
ready to die, of course, but Iím planning to live as long as I can. Even
now, I am practicing diminished mental capacity, so when I go completely
senile nobody will recognize the difference. The Gracious Mistress of the
Parsonage believes, and has said as much, that I have achieved my goal
not sure if Iím happy with her evaluation or if she is just being
sarcastic. Iím in no position to ask, plus I
really donít want to know the answer.
contemplating the aging process, I also concluded that age is a funny thing.
The older you get the funnier you look. I believe this is a joke God plays,
especially on men.
overall, donít seem to suffer the ravages of
the aging process as men do. Or, they seem to be
able to hide it much better than men. Every morning God reminds men of
how funny looking they are becoming by making them shave, hence
forcing a glance in the mirror and confirming the funny look.
brings up the subject of wrinkles. Why did God give us wrinkles?
baby is born with an abundance of wrinkles. On babies
they look so cute and adorable.
the baby begins growing out of those wrinkles. For a few years
it looks pretty good, with no trace of wrinkles, at least nowhere showing.
At that point a person forgets about wrinkles,
which is Godís way of creating a false sense of security and then sneaking
up on a person.
day he looks in the mirror while shaving and discoverers wrinkles. Believe
me, there is nothing cute and adorable about wrinkles on an old man.
to shave a face creased with wrinkles is like riding a bicycle across the
plowed field. It can be done, but somewhere,
hiding in the field, is a rock that will throw you off your bicycle. One
look at my face and you can see my razor has hit many rocks.
personís history can be compressed into this
phrase, ďfrom wrinkles to wrinkles.Ē This reminds me, Iím
getting low on my anti-wrinkle cream.
spite of all of this, it is important to celebrate your birthday if only to
remind you that it is more than just one more candle on the cake. Iím
at the place in life that it takes three birthday cakes to handle all the
candles and the presence of at least one fire truck.
important question at this stage is how do you celebrate your birthday when youíve
done everything? Then a wonderful thought pierced my grey matter. This does
not happen often and when I recovered, I began putting my plan into action.
year I plan to celebrate my 90th birthday. I admit I am far from being 90
years old. And thatís just the point. It is a
wonderful occasion to celebrate a 90th birthday.
been to many such celebrations and enjoyed myself tremendously. For one, it
takes five birthday cakes to handle the candles. All that birthday cake, and
as everyone knows, it is bad luck not to finish the entire birthday cake at
are several other important considerations involved in celebrating my 90th
birthday this year. The first consideration is the way Iím
going right now, thereís a good chance I may not reach that milestone in
had an uncle who died when he was 89 years and 11 months old. We celebrated
his 90th birthday, but it did not do him any good. I want to be present at
my 90th birthday celebration.
there is a good chance if I live that long I might not be in any shape to
celebrate my birthday, or even to know it is my birthday. What fun is that?
I have no guarantee about reaching 90 years, or what state of mind I will be
at the time, I have decided to celebrate it this year. At least Iím
planning to have five birthday cakes, one of each flavor under the sun.
actuality, there are no guarantees of life in this life. Nobody knows
for certain when, where or how they will meet their demise. It is not
how long a person lives, but how that person lives, that really makes a
Apostle Paul understood this better than any other person.
Toward the end of his life he wrote this: ďI have
fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord,
the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto
all them also that love his appearing.Ē (2
Timothy 4:7 ó 8 KJV.)
birthday is not just another candle on the cake, but a reminder of the
fleeting nature of life. Life should be a daily celebration.
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Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, 1471 Pine
. He and his wife, Martha, live in the Shores. Call him at 687-4240, or
e-mail [email protected].
The church Web site is www.whatafellowship.com.
Snyder is host of the weekly radio program, Sunday Joy, heard at 9:30 a.m.,
on WOCA 1370 AM.