A Birthday Liturgy


March 3

I turned eighteen last week. I don’t feel necessarily older, even though I can vote now.

My birthday morning was a wintry one—20 degrees and icy. Just another hint that this world isn’t my perfect home.

I read a liturgy on Thursday morning from one of my favorite books, Every Moment Holy by Douglas McKelvey. It was a beautiful reminder that every birthday is propelling me closer to the Day I’ll see Christ’s face.

Here’s a portion of it:

From A Liturgy for the Marking of Birthdays

May [I] invest [my] moments well in the

Coming year and in all years to follow,

Living life always with the end in view,

In pursuit of that eternal prize

That will allow [me] to look

Ever with gladness and never with regret

Upon the passing of [my] years,

As each subsequent birthday

Will be but the marking of a step nearer

To the final fulfillment

Of all [I] have so long hoped

And labored for.



Forever His,

Bethany J.


(P.S. I’m excited to share another Living Intentionally as a Young Person article this Thursday! I’ll be sharing about my friend, Gia.)

7 thoughts on “A Birthday Liturgy

  1. Hey I’m Anna, and I just recently started following your blog. 🙂 My family loves “Every Moment Holy”! I love how it reminds me to cherish each and every minute. Happy birthday, Bethany!

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  2. The happiest of birthdays to you, Bethany! Your brother mentioned that book as well. Looks like I’ll have to add it to my tbr list.

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