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Topic: Anniversary (04/11/05)
TITLE: His Second Birthday
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Ann looked up from her weeding, surprised by the unexpected voice, and saw her friend leaning his bike against the garden wall with a mischievous smile on his face.
"Don't be silly, James; I know your birthday's in August," She retorted.
"Ah, but my new birthday is tomorrow. I've got two birthdays," James grinned, "and I'm five years old tomorrow."
"Stop it, James; you can't make up new birthdays, and if you did have two, you'd be twenty-eight, not five!"
"I didn't make it up," James' grin was bigger than ever. "My body is fourteen, but my spirit is five."
Ann was starting to feel a little annoyed. She said nothing and waited for James to explain.
"I was born again five years ago tomorrow. They call it the new birth, so it must be my new-birth day!" James quipped, triumphantly.
A slow smile tugged at the corners of Ann's mouth. "Are you expecting presents tomorrow as well then?"
James laughed, "No, but Mum thought I could have a little party. Can you ask if you can all come over tomorrow at four?"
Ann thought for a moment. "I'm pretty sure we can, but I'll ask."
"Good," James got back on his bike, "I'm going to town to get some stuff for Mum, but I'll come back to find out."
As he cycled away, Ann looked down at her plants with a thoughtful frown.
"I don't know when my new-birth day is," She thought to herself, with a slight smile at James' pun, as she turned and started inside. "I know I am saved, and I know when I was baptised - but I don't have a clue when I was saved."
Ann made her way upstairs, thinking earnestly. "It seems like people who know when they were born again would be more mature and spiritual, or something, I guess. But that wouldn't make sense."
Then she grinned as she remembered a quote from the minister last Sunday, 'God has all the answers mankind ever needed or will need.'
"Well, I guess the Bible will have the answer to this question, if I can find it."
She pulled her Bible of the shelf and turned to the New Testament.
"Paul knew when he was saved; I wonder if he says anything about it."
She turned to Acts 26, where Paul tells the account of when Jesus appeared to him on the Damascus road, and started reading rather nonchalantly.
She read straight through the chapter, and then sat wondering where to read next.
Then a thought came to her; "I've never noticed the Bible commenting on a date of salvation, except where it says, 'Behold, now is the day of salvation.' "
She thought for a minute, "The date is immaterial really, I suppose. After all, as that verse points out, it's now that matters. I know I am saved, and God knows the day I first acted on his promises and was born again. The only difference is I can't have a party, but the angels did!" She ran back downstairs, thanking God for the assurance she had of such a wondrous salvation.
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