"I lift my eyes to the hills-
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
The maker of Heaven and Earth.
He will not let your foot slip-
He who watches over you will not slumber;
Indeed, He who watches over Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you-
The Lord is your shade at your right hand;
The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm-
He will watch over your life;
The Lord will watch over your coming and going,
both now and forevermore. "
These words mean so much to me now. So much so, that in April, I had the verse "Psalm 121" with a cross tattooed in white across my wrist. Not many people know it is there. In fact, I think that the majority of people I know have never even seen it. But I know it is there. It is a constant reminder of the little girl who led me to Jesus. The little girl who taught me what it means to trust and what it truly means to love. Avery would have turned 12 today... just one day before I turn 27. We used to chat about our birthdays and compare our presents (her's were usually epic- like a perm in her hair or a whole day with her mom) I've known a lot of people in my life who have had October 5th as a birthday, and I always felt a little special place in my heart for those "almost birthday twins." I'm not sure why. Avery was no exception.
Tonight I get to celebrate Avery's birthday and her life in extraordinary fashion. Her beautiful, wonderful, amazing mother is throwing a birthday bash to top all birthday bashes! It will be an amazing celebration of Avery's life and generosity, and will kick off The 19 Days! For the 19 days between Avery's birthday and the anniversary of her death, her mother is asking that we all participate in 19 Random Acts of Kindness. Give a hug, send a letter, or let someone go first in the check out line... what ever you can do to spread cheer and happiness. Avery wanted to make the world a better place, so we're going to try to do that, one smile at a time.
Happy Birthday, Sweet Angel! We miss you down here!