Birthday Blessings...

Posted on September 16th, 2011

Last night at our mid-week Bible study, we celebrated our sister Dorcas’s birthday. She is a young woman who has become a dear friend to Elise and Carrie, being single and about their age. As a clerk in a fashion shop, she rarely is able to attend Sunday service, thus Wednesday night is special for her. Having found out last week that her birthday was this week, we decided to make her a birthday cake and celebrate at fellowship.

When Dorcas walked in the door to the fellowship room, we sang “Happy Birthday” and watched as she became very shy. We just laughed it off, thinking she didn’t care to be the center of attention. Later, after singing again and watching her blow out the candles, we enjoyed cake and coffee/tea together before diving into the Word. At the end of our time of study, we close with prayer after taking prayer requests. Dorcas began to speak and then was overcome by tearful emotion. Sitting beside her, I had heard two words, “My family . . . “ and then nothing While she cried and tried to speak, we all waited quietly. Finally, she was able to express that she would tell us her request next week.

After prayer, and telling everyone good night, we all started to climb in the truck to head home, when Carrie said, “I found out what Dorcas was going to say.” We instantly got quiet as Carrie told us that Dorcas was overcome with feelings when she saw her birthday cake. It was her first! She said her family had given her a few gifts now and again for her birthday, but she had never had a cake. Standing there stunned, Elise expressed what we were all thinking; “To us a cake is nothing!” What joy filled our hearts as we headed home! To think that baking a cake for a sister was a priceless gift of love!

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