The invitation itself indicated this would be something unique. The host did not request anything, except our presence at her event. She specifically requested no one bring a gift.
The host treated her guests to a four-course meal at an upscale restaurant. We received the best of everything.
She shared with her guests what each of us individually meant to her, and the part we played in blessing her life.
When it came time for the toast, the host once again paid tribute to her guests.
When the event ended, the host blessed each of her guests with a gift card of a significant amount to an online store.
There was not a moment I looked at the host and did not see a smile on her face. Countless times, she thanked her guests for coming and being a part of her life.
It may not sound like much, but we were there to celebrate the birthday of the host. Yet, she treated us all as if it were our day.
I have attended many adult birthday parties, but never one in which the person due honor, bestowed honor on everyone else in attendance.
In a world so full of selfishness, hatred and greed, it was refreshing to see a selfless display of genuine love.
I once heard someone say, “People should feel better about themselves when they leave your presence, not better about you”.
I definitely left her birthday party feeling encouraged, honored, loved and blessed to call this woman my friend.
I do not think words can express the beauty of what I saw and felt. On a day when she was due honor and gifts, my friend gave her guests one of the greatest gifts – LOVE!
After leaving “her party”, I understand why she requested we not bring gifts. The love this woman has for the people in her life, the realization she has of how blessed she is, the love she knows God has for her, and the peace she has in her life – NO GIFT in the world can compare!
I pray we all can experience the level of love, joy and peace my friend has in her life!
Be blessed and have a jolly day!