• Stephan Joubert

"Happy unbirthday! May you have many more!"


In the children's tale Alice in Wonderland, Alice arrives at the Mad Hatter's tea party uninvited. She quickly realises that it is a rather strange celebration. It is a "very merry unbirthday party", dedicated to everyone whose birthday it isn't that day. When the Mad Hatter finds out that it's Alice's "unbirthday", he remarks how small the world is, because it is his "unbirthday" as well. And then they celebrate.

The real name of Lewis Carrol, the writer of this tale, was Charles Dodgson. He was an English minister, but Christ's gospel shines through all his children's stories. He knew God loves celebrations. A festive day doesn't have to appear on an official calendar for us to don our best outfits. We don't have to wait for our birthdays before we hear "May the good Lord bless you". Every day that God grants us is a celebration. Every day is blessed. Please invite someone in Jesus' name today to celebrate a little piece of life. Keep the gloom and doom away with a celebration per day. And learn some more from another storybook character: "What day is it?", asked Winnie the Pooh. "It's today," squeaked Piglet. "My favourite day," said Pooh.