Year of the Tiger loved Year of the Dog the first time he saw her.
He pursued her until she loved him back. They were inseparable. They married and ran away from home.
Time passed slowly. Finally they were blessed with one child, Year of the Monkey, a Solitaire.
Monkey made the days and nights seem longer, while the months escaped into years.
Tiger and Dog ran away from home again, this time taking Monkey with them.
They are best, these three, when they pull together. Best when inseparable.
The work of living takes Tiger far away sometimes. It cannot be avoided.
Year of the Dog and Year of the Monkey become a pair. They eat Chinese food or pizza and wait for Year of the Tiger to fly back to them.
Today there will be no waiting. Today they are home, all three. Together they will eat cake. They will feast on the decades and dream of the future.
Happy Birthday, Year of the Tiger. The Lord has been good to us.
Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as You have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
May your deeds be shown to Your servants,
your splendor to their children.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:14-17 NIV
Birthdays are a natural time to take stock of our lives. What’s the state of things in your world today? What or who can you celebrate?