photo of girl having fun in birthday party

The Kingdom in a Grocery Aisle

Yesterday, while shopping at a grocery, I overheard a little girl of approximately six years ask her mother, “What is your favorite holiday?” Her mother turned away from the shelves and, looking squarely at her, said, “Your birthday is my favorite holiday!” And the little girl beamed. I passed by thinking to myself, “Well done, Mom. Well done.”

That was my Kingdom-moment for yesterday. The mother with few words told her daughter that she was loved and valued. The little girl beamed because she got the message.

Christ sends that message to us in so many ways. I wonder how often I just pass them by. Fortunately, I did not yesterday. You see, yesterday was my birthday. I heard in those few words of the mother not only her love for her daughter, but also Christ’s love and appreciation of my worth. I don’t think God ever told me “Happy Birthday” before. Yesterday he did.

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Welcome, I'm Tom

I'm Tom Trezise a retired lawyer and corporate executive with over twenty years of experience as a Methodist lay preacher. Raised in Appalachia, I proudly call myself a hillbilly at heart. I'm the executive director of The Everyday Kingdom, a non-profit devoted to fostering a community that helps people find and experience the peace, purpose, and joy available from living every day in Christ’s kingdom.

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