Anna turned 10 September 1. Our family is searching, and I want to encourage other families to search and with us discover new ways to be aware of God’s presence on occasions we have secularized in our culture. Birthdays are occasions that can be reimagined this way.
Here’s one of the prayers we said in the evening, taken from Robert Webber’s Book of Family Prayer:
On the occasion of a birthday
. . . Today is a special day in the life of our family, for on this day we celebrate the birth of Anna . . . let’s give thanks to God.
Father, we praise You for every perfect gift that comes from above. You have gifted us with the life of Anna. Now we bless you for her presence in our family. Grant, we pray You, that Your blessing rest upon her all the days of her life. Amen.