When I found out that Carl’s birthday fell on Good Friday this year, it seemed awkward. How could we celebrate his life on the same day we observe Christ’s death?

But then I realized that rather than being in conflict, these two events were in complete harmony.

As I observe both occasions today, I realize that I can’t really celebrate anyone’s true life without celebrating Christ’s death.

Ephesians 2 says we were all dead in our trespasses and sins. We had no life to celebrate.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! (Ephesians 2:4, 5 HCSB)

Isn’t that great news? Paul says it this way in chapter one of Ephesians:

We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:7, 8 HCSB)

Today I can celebrate Carl’s life (not just his birthday, but the life he has in Christ) BECAUSE of Christ’s death, not in spite of it.

I will celebrate the death of my Lord, because it is only through His death that I live.

As I write these words in the early hours of the morning, I wonder how Christ must have felt as the dawn drew near on the day of His death. I am humbled by the shear love He demonstrated to you and to me that while we were still living in sin and our lives broke His heart He pursued us! When my life was the most hurtful to Him, He demonstrated the highest level of love toward me. He died for me.

I wish I could say that when someone breaks my heart that I use that moment to demonstrate the greatest love for them, but I don’t.

I am thankful that God has forgiven my screw ups through the blood of Christ. I am grateful for the new life I have in Jesus.

And for this reason, today I want to celebrate both the physical and spiritual birth of my husband.

Carl, Happy Birthday! I thank God for you this morning. As I awoke early and held and fed our precious new baby girl, I thanked God for you. I can’t believe it’s been four years since we met. I am so grateful that God allowed our paths to cross on a cruise ship in the Caribbean! God has used you to teach me about love, forgiveness, and grace. I am honored to be your wife. Happy Birthday! I love you!

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