Saturday, September 29, 2012

Birthday Curses

Today's is a little bit more jovial than normal, in part because it is my birthday. There is a verse I have read dozens of times as I have gone through the book of Proverbs each month. Proverbs 27:14 reads,"If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse" (NIV).I've always understood it on a rational level. But this morning, as I was sleeping in on my birthday, I got a phone call at 8:00 am. As I heard the phone ring, I lay there thinking, It's my birthday and I'm sleeping in. Go away! But then I remembered by wife and daughter were out of town and glanced at the Caller ID long enough to verify that the call was from them. I was glad they called. And when they hung up I went back to sleep.

But for future reference, to all people everywhere trying to wish a loved one a happy birthday: if it falls on a Saturday, they are probably trying to sleep in, so give them at least until 9:30. You wouldn't want them to take your birthday blessing as a curse.

Oh, and, Honey, I never take your early morning calls as curses. Just for the record.

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