Remember My Birthday?

                                Author Unknown

               As  you well  know, we  are getting  closer to  my birthday.
          Every year there is   a celebration in my honor  and I think that
          this year  the celebration  will  be  repeated. During  this time
          there are many people  shopping for gifts,  there  are many radio
          announcements, TV  commercials, and in  every part of   the world
          everyone  is talking  that  my  birthday  is getting  closer  and
          closer.  It  is really very nice  to know, that  at least once  a
          year, some people  think of me.

               As you know, the celebration of my birthday began many years
          ago. At first people  seemed to understand and be thankful of all
          that I did   for them, but in  these times, no one seems  to know
          the reason for the   celebration. Family and friends get together
          and have  a lot of fun, but   they don't know the  meaning of the

               I remember  that last  year there  was a  great feast  in my
          honor. The dinner   table was full of  delicious foods, pastries,
          fruits,  assorted  nuts  and   chocolates.  The  decorations were
          exquisite and there  were many, many  beautifully  wrapped gifts.
          But, do you want to know something? I wasn't   invited. I was the
          guest  of  honor   and  they  didn't  remember  to   send  me  an
          invitation.  The party was for me, but when that great  day came,
          I was left outside,  they closed the door in my face and I wanted
          to be  with them and   share their  table. In truth,  that didn't
          surprise me because in the last  few years all close  their doors
          to me.

               Since  I was  not  invited,  I decided  to  enter the  party
          without making any   noise. I went in and stood in a corner. They
          were all drinking; there  were  some  who were drunk and  telling
          jokes and laughing at everything. They were  having a great time.
          To top it all off, this big fat man all dressed in red  wearing a
          long white beard  entered the room yelling Ho, Ho,  Ho! He seemed
          drunk. He sat on the sofa and all the children ran to him, saying
          : "Santa  Claus, Santa Claus," as if the party were in his honor!

               At 12  midnight all  the people began  to hug each  other; I
          extended my arms  waiting for  someone to hug me and do  you know
          that no one hugged me.

               Suddenly they all began to share gifts. They opened them one
          by  one with   great  expectation. When  all  had been  opened, I
          looked to see if, maybe,  there  was one for me.  What would  you
          feel if on your birthday everybody shared  gifts and you did  not
          get one? I  then understood that I was unwanted at that party and
          quietly left.

               Every  year it  gets  worse. People  only  remember to  eat,
          drink, and be merry.  They have their gifts and their parties and
          nobody remembers me.

               I would like this  Christmas that you allow me to enter into
          your life. I would like that you   recognize the fact that almost
          two thousand years ago I came to  this world  to give my life for
          you, on  the cross,  to save you.  Today, I only  want that   you
          believe this with all your heart.

               I want to share something with you. As many didn't invite me
          to their   party,  I will  have my  own celebration,  a grandiose
          party that no  one has  ever  imagined; a spectacular party.  I'm
          still making the final  arrangements. Today I am sending out many
          invitations and there is  an  invitation for you. I  want to know
          if you wish to attend and I will make a  reservation for you  and
          write your name with golden letters in my great  guest book. Only
          those on the guest  list will be invited to the party.  Those who
          don't answer the invitation, will be left outside.

               Do you  know how  you can answer  this invitation?  Bow your
          head right  now and  pray.   Confess that  you are  a sinner  and
          cannot save  yourself.  Believe I died on  the cross for all your
          sins and was bodily resurrected three days later.  Ask me to come
          into your life to be your Lord and Savior and I will.

               I'll be waiting for all of you to attend my party this year.
          See you soon.

          With All My Love


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