Alles Gute zum Geburtstag (Happy Birthday!)

WHOA! Thank God for another year! As my 23rd birthday comes to a close and with Thanksgiving right around the corner, a thought comes to mind: By this time next year, I’ll be 9 months into a new life in Berlin, Germany -- celebrating my 24th birthday away from the people I love and have known for years.

Does that scare me?

Surprisingly, no.

It actually excites me! It excites me to know that I have the honor of celebrating a birthday in the midst of doing a work that God has called me to.

Now what about Thanksgiving?

Well, Germans don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving - at least in the American way. Their version of Thanksgiving is an autumn fest called “Erntedankfest” This a time of the year where they come together and thank God for the gifts of the harvest. (How exciting!)

I love how I will be learning the ways and language of a new culture. Thank the Lord for all the beautiful cultures that He has created and Thank God that I get to experience one other than my own!

Be still, and know that I am God.

   I will be exalted among the nations,

   I will be exalted in the earth!

-Psalm 46:10