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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Two Birthdays

Thanks to all for the birthday greetings! I don’t remember the day I was born, but my birth certificate announces the date, November 11, 1935, and the place, Larkhall, Scotland. Dad had left a pot of tea beside my mother’s bed before he left for work at a local coalmine. I greeted him when he came home. I’m guessing a midwife assisted with my birth, but I can’t be certain about this. My parents, older brother, and I lived in oor wee Scottish hoose until I was nearly four, and then we sailed away to Canada.

 I do remember my spiritual birthday, January 18, 1952. After seeing a World Vision film about North Korea’s invasion of South Korea, I knelt by my bedside and trusted in Jesus as my Savior. I was born again.We don’t often hear or read about being born again, but the new birth is as essential now as it was in 1952. It was also essential in Bible times. Jesus said, “Unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). 

This spiritual phenomenon, the new birth, does not result from the performance of good works; it is totally the work of the Holy Spirit. Being born again is a regeneration, not a reformation (Titus 3:5).The family I was born into in Scotland was a caring family. My parents didn’t have much money or many possessions, but they loved my brothers and me. Since January 18, 1952, when I experienced a spiritual birth, I have been the object of my heavenly Father’s love. He has faithfully cared for all my needs, and His love and care will never end.