Some parents have a family tradition of telling their children their birth story every year on their birthday. God tells Jesus’ birth story to us in the Christmas narrative. Telling our stories defines us. My mother told my birth story quite often but since she is no longer with me to celebrate the occasion of this milestone birthday, I tell myself the story through her written words I recently discovered in her personal letters.
This morning a wave of guilt washed over me. I forgot the tenth anniversary of my mother's death! Then relief quickly followed as I realized I had the wrong date. I hadn't forgotten it after all. I still had time to honor her.