Birthday Blessings

Today — October 8th, 2004 — I turn 37. Its the first election I’m old enough to run for President (though I won’t). I received some very special blessings with common themes, which I wanted to share here.

Dr. John Prabhakar (my father), from Isaiah 60:

The LORD rises upon you

and his glory appears over you.

Nations will come to your light,

and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

Then you will look and be radiant,

your heart will throb and swell with joy;

The sun will no more be your light by day,

nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,

For the LORD will be your everlasting light,

and your God will be your glory.

John McClements (my “godfather” at South Bay Covenant Church), from Proverbs 4:18:

The Lord [will] grant you favor and fruitfulness

in every area of life

For the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn

shining brighter and brighter until the full day.

Philip john (my father-in-law), from Reliable Greetings:

Success is believing in all you can be

in all that you dream and you dare

taking time to help others find their dreams as well

being ready to give and to share

Success is enjoying the pathways you’ve chosen

and feeling so glad to be you

helping others to feel self-fulfillment and joy

and real pride in whatever they do

Success is discovering new ways to reach higher

and reach out to those all around

for only through caring and helping and giving

can life’s true successes be found