A Perfect Birthday Gift

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by Tony Albrecht
The Phone rings
…Not another Vendor! I say
Good news, It’s my oldest son.
“Hey Dad,” he says
“where do you want to celebrate your birthday this year?”
Filled with good will at this unexpected question
I start to say “Here in Bethesda it’s closer for you,”
but out of nowhere my honest desire is spoken
and I say “Out in the mountains with you guys
helping with the chores.”
And he makes it happen.
On my birthday I’m scraping and priming the
south porch, he’s fixing the garden fence and
his brother is mowing hours on end
gentle sun and cool breezes caress us.
Later in the evening we decide to look for
shooting stars.
My boys take a blanket out onto the
lawn and lie side by side to watch
the stars.
Suddenly it comes to me that
these are the same stars that
Jesus watched and am comforted
to imagine that perhaps
their brother Jesus our Savior
is lying next to them
next to my boys.
Then my heart is full,
a perfect birthday gift!
Ignatian Volunteer Tony Albrecht wrote this poem on the Fall IVC Retreat.  To read more about Tony’s IVC service, click here.

8 Responses to “A Perfect Birthday Gift”

  1. Ann Johnson

    Tony, what a lovely reflection you have written – taking a day of work and an evening of stars and bringing it to Jesus. And what a wonderful birthday you had – you’re lucky to have sons that can make such an event happen.

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  2. Laurie Albrecht

    Simply beautiful, Tony❤️❤️ Such wonderful images of you and your boys in West Virginia. I remember it well. Wonderful juxtaposition of you all hard at work and then relaxing to watch the stars with Jesus by your side. Truth is He had been by your side the whole time✨?, but now, in the quiet of the stars, you truly feel his presence in your lives. Carl has requested that I print this. Thinking he will frame it❤️❤️

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  3. Laurie Albrecht

    Coincidentally, one of my dear high school friends has been a missionary in the Ignatian Volunteer Corps for many, many years. It truly is a very, very small world❤️❤️

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  4. Susan Kral

    Another one of your lovely poems, Tony. Thank you for sharing this very special and very SIMPLE God-sighting.

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  5. Patricia Kisicki

    Tony, I am sitting here in my “sacred space” my little candle flickering reading your beautiful
    birthday reflection. What a wonderful birthday with your sons! Such memories are treasures stored in one’s heart forever.

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