Walking into school, I was greeted by my center manager, very cheerful for an early Tuesday morning. “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATHARINE!” were her first words to greet me, along with a birthday card and various British mints and chocolates. I was so surprised for various reasons…one of the main being that my birthday is not until December 31.
“Thank you so much Ann! *awkward pause* But do you know today is not my birthday?”
After spending the remainder of our morning administrative tasks laughing in the enjoyment of a mismarking on the staff calendar, I was left filled with the love only an act of random kindness can bring. The tasks seemed lighter, the children seemed more willing to learn, their progress reports seemed more hopeful than anything. I realized by celebrating an unbirthday (as explained by the Mad Hatter, there are 364 unbirthdays in a year) I was allowing Christ to enter more fully into my heart. I was noticing his gifts. I was rejoicing in his presence. Of course, nothing changed in my actions – it was all a change of mind. A change of heart. And suddenly all of my actions had meaning and purpose to carry and shine God’s love.In the waiting of advent, in the coming of the birth of Christ, I pray that I continue to celebrate each day as an unbirthday. A chance to prepare my heart to receive the greatest gift of all on the birthday that saved us all. A chance to unwrap the full love story of Christmas
A very merry unbirthday to you!