Proverbs 16:31

31  Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.  (NIV)

For all of us, each year is a mile marker on a walk that is getting shorter.  There is a milestone birthday on the calendar this year for that someone you are caring for.  That sounds like a birthday party in the making.  Should it be a surprise?  Maybe not a good idea.  Can there be surprises?  Absolutly.

The most important part of life that holds God’s interest is how you treat other people.  He wants a relationship with you.  He wants you to have relationships with other people.  The  greatest surprises will be connecting with a lifetime of people, some not seen for many years.  So sneak out the address book, the Christmas card list.  Contact the chair person of the bridge club and garden club.  Pull out that dusty yearbook and the guestbook from the wedding and start a guest hunt.  Get on the internet and start typing,

Sadly the lists will dwindle, crossing out those who are already gone from this world.  Yet there are more successes than you had hoped for.  And, your loved one’s old boss just volunteered to contact the people from work.

The party begins and as you walk through the crowd you hear snip-its of conversation.  All the words begin to flow together to form a descriptive thread, weaving through the lives touched by the guest of honor.  The term that comes to mind is righteousness.  That’s why these people showed up.  The guest of honor knows the Savior and walks with Him uprightly every day, drawing closer to His Spirit within.  Your loved one’s crown is well earned for the right-ness of their life with the Lord.

Prayer time

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the opportunity to gather together in celebration of a life well lived for You.  I learned so much today.  I want to live my life righteously, walking in grace.  Let me make a difference in every relationship I have.  In Jesus name I pray, amen.