“Well-wishers on birthdays mark the passage of the years,
mark an anniversary of a birth,
mark in recognition the character so formed.
Of all man may achieve upon a birthday,
character is at the forefront when presented at the threshold of God.
Character sees the stumble of weakness,
sees the certainty of righteousness in the placing of the footsteps in the sun light,
sees the protection from the nighthawk –
where he does not fly at night.
The threshold of God,
the welcome mat of God,
the door where the seekers knock,
the access to the doors with the kingdom locks –
with the kingdom keys –
with the binding and the loosing as they are turned to the left or to the right.
This is the starting point of man’s relationship with God,
of God’s relationship with man.
This is where man meets Grace.
This is where God encounters freewill declared.
Such as these are not dependent on the anniversaries of man,
are not dependent on the wisdom of man,
are not dependent on the striving of man:
are dependent on nothing but a contrite heart.”