Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Dear Allan, Happy Birthday To You

Allan is 28 years old now. His birthday was actually Monday, but New Hope always celebrates it on the Wednesday closest to the date. I'll bet that two weeks from now, Allan will begin telling us when his birthday will be NEXT year. Tonight we had TWO cakes for him, presents and birthday cards and he got wished a happy birthday by everyone.

How much is Allan a part of our little Valparaiso community?

When I went to order the cake, the young woman at the counter figured out who it was for. She said "he wants the Niceville High School logo on his cake." I laughed because that is classic Allan. Then she said, "since it is for Allan, we'll throw that in for free."

New Hope loves Allan, but so do many others in our community. And whether they know it or not, they are showing just how big God's love for Allan and for all of us is. I remembered what the apostle Paul wrote to another church:

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Eph 3:17-19 (NIV)

Haven't grasped it yet, but days like today help. And I think everyone at New Hope would tell you that Allan helps us learn how God loves too. So Happy 28th birthday Allan.

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