God is full of
surprises. Lately I've been weary because of the various difficulties I've had to encounter, as well as by my
concerns for the church. Yet in the midst of these challenging situations the members of my congregation's choir decided
to throw a surprise birthday party for me.
As a rule we prisoners do not celebrate birthdays.
But earlier today I was asked by the choir's director to please come to the area where the choir conducts its practice.
So at 6:20 this evening I secured permission and made my way to the opposite end of the prison to attend their session.
They meet every Friday in an unoccupied classroom in the school area.
As I was walking to the school area, however, I was thinking
that they probably had some kind of problem that needed to be addressed.
Not so. When I entered the room I was met by eight
members of the group who promptly began to sing happy birthday. I was red-faced. I turned fifty-two a few days
We then ate a small but simple meal they had prepared in
advance, and we drank bottled water.
I had no idea the choir was going to do this. They
were showing me their brotherly love and gratitude, and I am so grateful.
little party was a wonderful respite from the storms that are going on in my life at present. This to me was yet another
token of God's goodness to His children. I am blessed!
June 3, 2005
(c)2005 David Berkowitz