Everyone was gathering for the birthday party. All was set. The dining room was perfectly decorated. She had out her best tablecloth, the fancy lace one. Red crepe paper decked the room and there were party favors, little hats with each one’s name, balloons and whistles. It was all too wonderful to be true. The perfect birthday party.
And in the center of the table sat the cake with “Happy Birthday” and beautiful decorations dotting the chocolate icing. She lit the candles and all was made ready for the honored guest.
Then, it happened. The strangest birthday party ever. Each sang “Happy Birthday” but, used their own name instead of the honored guest’s. And, the presents they brought were not for the person in whose honor the party was given, but for themselves.
She was busy serving guests, cleaning up messes and making sure every person was taken care of. Something nagged at her though. It seemed she was forgetting something. She went down the list of party favors, refreshments, gifts. Then she gasped. “I couldn’t have forgotten,” she cried. Her eyes searched frantically around the packed house to find him for she, too, had forgotten, caught up in the excitement of the moment.
But, he was no where to be found. A sort of noted silent absence yet, she knew she had a feeling. She knew he was there somewhere. Then, the guests left each with his gift to himself or herself, but also secretly eyeing their neighbor’s. And she, too, tired from the excitement of the day wrapped herself in the new cashmere bathroom robe she’d given herself and went to bed.
And when the room was dark except for a glimmer from the streetlight cascading through the window, almost like a special star or sign in the sky, He came out and had a piece of cake. After all, it was His birthday party. Softly He sang it to Himself for no one else was there to listen. “Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus. Happy Birthday to Me …”
And a tear trickled down His face, not for Himself, but for all the lives He could have touched had they only wanted Him there.
@2013 Teresa Shields Parker
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