late birthday boast

Have recently accomplished the noteworthy and extremely difficult task of aging another year, I will now proceed to offer my thanks to:

My fellow travellers. It would be a lonely road without you. Christ is enough should we be chosen to a life of loneliness, but it would be arrogant and wrong to take for granted the exceeding blessing of friendship: Brethren, may we all learn to love one another because of Christ, and to love the unconverted because He loves them.

  My family: Y’all are (drumroll, please) fuuuully awesome. Mom and Dad, sixteen years from now, when I’m old and boring, I hope to have supplied the “next best thing,” in abundance (if you follow me). Thanks for preparing for this next stage of childlike manhood; for allowing me to be the only sixteen year old that I know that got Pav lova with a Spider-Man candle on it. For doing more for me up to this point than this blog can express; for taking me to the ER when I plunged from a bunk bed and bit a second mouth in beneath my first one, and the time when I plunged from the window sill face-first with a toothbrush in my mouth. For allowing the humble to confound the proud, the foolish to confound the wise, and for being clay,  and instruments for my Adoption from the spirit of bondage. For being instruments of judgment, and river beds through mercy was sent; and for letting the ultimate goal of marriage and family, which is conformity to Christ, be lived out. To my siblings,  who were there when I drew my first breath, and have been great reinforced ever since: every year of my life, every day of my years, every second of my days, every moment that y’all have been there, will be remembered with gratitude to God as this life unfolds; let us bless Him for the past, strive to know Him in the present, and trust Him for future.

   To the God who holds all things in His hands, and loves us despite our shortcomings: to the Christ Who knows no change, Who’s sacrifice we cannot stifle, and Who’s gift we cannot repay: to the Spirit Who guides in paths to holiness for love’s sake, Who shows us our need, and Who’s wind blows the dust from within this temple, that we may be presented pure and holy to Him that loved us first: to the Godhead three in one be all glory, all desire, all affection, and may those Who have tasted and seen that He is good feel their hearts warmed by His breath to seek their all in Him.

  Let those all those who have reached another year increase in fellwoship with Him in a new way as the journey on life’s road, and may the Lamb that was slain recieve the reward of His sufferings. And may our only boast in new years be of Him.

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  1. #1 by T. Upchurch on July 5, 2009 - 10:38 pm

    A toast, a toast to my eternally adopted brother! I *know* your family gave generous gifts, each according to their own special expertise: Trey did your laundry Ethiopian style in the pond, Emily wrote a poem in which you were a Scottish chief, Josiah hugged your leg dry of blood, Sarah honored you with a public reading of Rutherford’s letters at the edifying pace of 2300 words per minute, Ellen printed you a photobook of 1526 completely unique pictures of Josiah and Mercy, Mercy gave you everything she happened to have in her hands at that moment (an almost full cup of orange juice), Annie offered to put off drinking coffee a bit longer so you could drink more in the meantime, Ben taught you a handy equation to help you determine at any time how many minutes you’ve been alive, and your mother and father jointly blessed you with a paid-for vacation to your choice of Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, or Darfur. What a crazy-fun party! It puts the Chuckie-Cheezes of the world to shame, yes, even the Elvis room at the Tupelo Shoneys to shame. 🙂

    God bless you, brother.

  2. #2 by abbygrace42801 on July 6, 2009 - 6:46 pm

    Tyler- You nailed our kids! We are so impressed.

    Jake-I love ya bunches & I am so, so, so thankful you are my son but I am even more thankful you are my brother.

    My kids are the bestest!!!!

    Mom

  3. #3 by maidenoftheroses on July 7, 2009 - 9:35 am

    Yes, Spiderman is definitely superior to all other super-heroes. 😛 *tries to draw spiderweb* *—-*///—||||\\\\\\++++)—– oh well

  4. #4 by Bernard Orczy on July 7, 2009 - 11:28 am

    Tyler, not only do they have washtubs in Ethiopia, they even have washboards.

  5. #5 by Jamie McNumber on July 7, 2009 - 4:04 pm

    *Orczy! Where did you get the gall to leave your ugly name on this site?!*

  6. #6 by L*** E******* on July 7, 2009 - 9:38 pm

    Oh, we have struck fear into the hearts of the Mcnumbers, have we? Soon we will strike more than fear!

  7. #7 by Jonathan M. on July 7, 2009 - 9:47 pm

    You will find, LE, to your downfall, that we are not all held by fear; the path you are on can only lead to destruction.

    • #8 by L*** E******* on July 9, 2009 - 10:52 am

      Oh, I mean for it to lead to a great deal of destruction, starting with your own!

  8. #9 by T. Upchurch on July 7, 2009 - 10:55 pm

    I suspect you are all Jacob posting under various names. I can safely assume that, for if so, he will think me penetrating; if not, you will all think it funny. 🙂

  9. #10 by Larry Spyri on July 8, 2009 - 11:46 am

    You are not held by fear, Jonathan M? Fine, you can walk with a brave heart to your destruction at my hands!

  10. #11 by Rick Rivers on July 8, 2009 - 12:19 pm

    Expose those wimpy hands of yours away from your computer for a second, and I’ll sever them like the soft carrots that they are.

  11. #12 by abbygrace42801 on July 8, 2009 - 12:31 pm

    Did I say my kids are the bestest? I meant to say my kids are the wierdest.

  12. #13 by Jeremy on July 8, 2009 - 1:02 pm

    To Rick Rivers:You think you can stand before the mighty CDT? You expose your little head out from behind your little Lt. Laser, and I will flick it off with my little finger!

  13. #14 by Ariel Ranger on July 8, 2009 - 1:17 pm

    Jeremy, That’s really easy to say online. How about you come out of your hole and say that in my ear? If I see as much as a hair of yours, I’ll blast you into the next demension…… (or, I’ll try).

  14. #15 by Flexstrike on July 8, 2009 - 1:24 pm

    Come out of my hole and stick my head (it’s all that would fit) into yours? I haven’t seen you in the middle of Hallatasse lately. If you really want me to blast you to dust, then we’ll arrange a meeting.

  15. #16 by Katie on July 8, 2009 - 9:24 pm

    okay, Jake. You’re really weird. And coming from me, that says something, because I’m pretty darn weird myself.

    • #17 by Gonzo on July 9, 2009 - 11:08 am

      You may try to be, but you have not yet reached the highest plains of Weirdom. You have to work hard to perfect the art of weirdness.

  16. #18 by CDT Alpha Base Communications on July 9, 2009 - 11:05 am

    This is Alpha Commander ordering all CDT operatives to cease any and all activity on this webpage.

  17. #19 by Your Favourite Sister on July 9, 2009 - 11:15 am

    Oh, by the way, happy birthday!

  18. #20 by flinding on July 9, 2009 - 1:43 pm

    Attention, commentors:
    THE NEXT PERSON WHO SAYS SOMETHING RIDICULOUS, MYSELF INCLUDED, WILL BE REPORTED AS SPAM.

  19. #21 by abbygrace42801 on July 9, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    SOMETHING RIDICULOUS ;o)

  20. #22 by maidenoftheroses on July 10, 2009 - 10:12 am

    Wow, Frank, I didn’t realize you had multiple personalities. 😛

  21. #23 by abbygrace42801 on July 12, 2009 - 8:31 pm

    Looks like Treys secret identity is safe. Nobody has a clue. Wait. Did y’all hear that?

    • #24 by Bernard Orczy on July 13, 2009 - 9:36 am

      Aaaaaaaaah! Security breech!

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