Thank you, God, for giving me another year of life.
Thank you for all the people who remembered me today
by sending cards, and letters, gifts and good wishes.
Thank you for all the experience of this past year;
for times of success which will always be happy memories,
for times of failure which reminded me of my own weakness and of my need for you,
for times of joy when the sun was shining,
for times of sadness which drove me to you.
for the hours I wasted,
for the chances I failed to take,
for the opportunities I missed this past year.
Help me in the days ahead to make this the best year yet,
and through it to bring good credit to myself,
happiness and pride to my loved ones,
and joy to you. Amen.
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Birthdays Are Gifts From God
For Christians, birthdays are a time to celebrate God’s gift of life. When we say birthday prayers, we remind each other that all life comes from God. Think about it: every person is literally a gift from God! In addition, a birthday is an opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves to God. We begin another 365 days, ready to love God, and ready to love others.
How To Do a Birthday Blessing
1. Declare God’s love
Birthdays are a great time to say I love you, especially to children. But also say, “God loves you,” and “Jesus loves you.” This is a theological affirmation: the God of the universe loves YOU!
2. Give thanks for the birthday person
Language is important here. It’s not, “God, we thank you for Tanya’s birthday today.” But rather, “God we thank you FOR Tanya, your beloved child. Thank you for the gift of her life.”
3. Bless the birthday person
This is all about making a big deal. Stand up, lay your hands on the birthday person’s head or shoulders. Say one of the birthday prayers or scripture blessings below. Then bless the person! You can say, “I bless you… (or, you are blessed…) in the name of God / in the name of Jesus / in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
A Prayer for a Birthday
God of all creation, we offer you grateful praise for the gift of life. Hear the prayers for _____, your servant, who recalls today the day of his/her birth and rejoices in your gifts of life and love, family and friends. Bless him/her with your presence and surround him/her with your love, that he/she may enjoy many happy years, all of them pleasing to you. We ask this through Christ our savior. Amen.
(Printed in the United Methodist Book of Worship)
Our Times are in Your Hand
O God our times are in your hand; Look with favor we pray, on your servant _____, as he/she begins another year. Grant that he/she may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen his/her trust in your goodness all the days of his/her life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(By Charles Price, Episcopal Book of Common Prayer; Presbyterian Book of Common Worship)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep… make you complete in every good work to do his will, working in you what is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
Matthew Kozlowski manages, edits, and writes for Building Faith. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Danielle and two young daughters. Throughout his career he has been a teacher, camp counselor, school chaplain, camp chaplain, Sunday school teacher, parish priest, and Alpha course coordinator.
Birthdays are a perfect opportunity for us to celebrate the gift of life.
Thus, sending a religious birthday greetings is the best way to convey our wishes to someone celebrating his or her birthday.
So here are some prayer messages to send to a special someone who is celebrating his or her special day.
My only prayer on your special day is for your life to be filled with the wonder and glory of His abiding love.
Happy birthday! May you feel His presence not only today, but all throughout the coming years of your life!
Every day is a great opportunity to celebrate God’s awesome works. Each day is a gift of God indeed and your birthday is a perfect day to celebrate one of his wondrous works, which is creating you! Enjoy your special day!
Faith is said to be the seed of inspiration. Happiest birthday to someone who never stop inspiring me!
On your special day, I wish that your faith would make you even stronger. I love you and no matter what you’re going through, I will always be here for you. Happy birthday!
May you have an awesome birthday and may you feel God’s loving presence in every step along your life’s journey!
God’s love is truly never ending. Let us celebrate this day for it’s your birthday, which is a proof of God’s undying love.
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On your birthday, may God warm your heart and lift your spirits. May He grant you peace not only on this very special day, but also in every single day of your life!
Happy birthday! Take God’s hand and get excited to celebrate ahead! The Lord has so many great things planned for you so welcome it with open arms.
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The road of the faithful may not always be easy, and that is why God gave us a choice to go through life in our own way. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday! It is just amazing how often God allowed our two paths to reconnect further down life’s journey, so let’s celebrate your amazing day!
I wish I would be there to celebrate this special day with you. Please know that you are always in my thoughts and I will always pray for your good health and that you will have a wonderful birthday!
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I can simply greet you a Happy birthday on your special day, but I will not do that. Instead, I will shout it out to let everyone know just how amazing you are!
Remember that before you were born, He already planned your every step in life. Since it’s your birthday, get ready to receive His blessings in your life.
On your birthday, my prayer is for you to be able to reach your goal in life. Have an awesome birthday, my love!
Happiest birthday to the most amazing person ever. I pray that you will continue to be an amazing friend to me and may you have so many more birthdays to come.
Hey, cheer up! It is your special day and a perfect time to celebrate! Remember that the Lord will guide you every single step of the way so there is no need to worry.
I do not need to remind you of the precious gift that the Lord has given you, which is the gift of life. I just want you to know that you have touched my life in the most positive way. Happy birthday!
May the Lord bless you with a life that is filled with so much hope and love. May His abundance continue to shower upon you all throughout the coming year, happy birthday!
Smile, since it is your birthday. You have all the things that you have ever wished to have. Enjoy it every day and continue to keep on praying so God will continue to bless you abundantly.
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Birthdays are not only about presents, but it is all about His presence. So let’s celebrate and enjoy what He has given to us, a gift called life.
Rejoice and be grateful for the day that God made you. He has certainly made the very best gift ever and that is you. Continue to inspire others with your kindness.
Happy birthday! I pray that God will continue to shower you with his loving grace!
Delight yourself in God and He will surely give you the desires of your heart. I truly believe that the reason He made you is because you are all what I desire for in life. Happy birthday!
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God has given you life and you carried on from there. Thank you for coming to my life and I am just so proud to be a part of your amazing journey. May you have a wonderful birthday because you deserve nothing but only the best!
Faith, hope and love. You all have them, and you wear all these so humbly and never fail to pass them on to others. May God continue to richly bless you not only on your special day but also in every single step of the way!
Today, in the most special of days, take God’s hand and allow him to guide you into the most exciting and joyful ride you’ll ever take in your life. Happy birthday!
The Lord has made you unique. You truly are one of a kind, full of generosity, kindness and limitless possibilities. You’re certainly the best thing that has happened to me.
The Lord thought about me when He made you. No wonder why we are so perfect for each other, because indeed, His ways are always perfect.
God does not count the money that you have in your bank nor the candles you blow on your cake. What matters is the love you have in your soul, which is exactly what you have. Thank you for your unconditional love, happy birthday!
My prayer on your birthday is for you to be forever happy and that you follow God’s will for your life. May God continue to bless you and may you have so many more birthdays to come!
Thank God for the gift of life. I am so lucky to have you and I look forward to celebrate many more birthdays with you. Happy birthday!
Happy birthday! I pray that today will be one of the happiest days in your life. May God continue to bless you!
There is no greater gift than God’s gift of life. Therefore, I did not bother to shop for any gift for your birthday. May you enjoy my heartfelt wishes on this very special day!
On your special day, take time to think of the things that have happened in the year that passed. There might be some challenges along the way, but God has truly blessed you with so many amazing things that no other person will deserve but you. Happy birthday!
I know I am not showing you my love as often as I should. I am forever grateful that God is there to back me up. Enjoy your day, happy birthday!
A lot of people will choose to bless you on your birthday and that includes me. May the goodwill, kindness and generosity of others shine upon you today! Have a blessed birthday!
God choose to help those who will help themselves and those who will celebrate more birthdays, God will make sure they live longer. Happy birthday!
Life is a wonderful journey and God is usually the destination. Let us celebrate that day you were born and started your journey. Happy birthday!
May God’s amazing blessings be with you on this special day and for the coming years ahead! May His blessings continue to flow in all areas of your life, and may you have a blessed birthday ever.
Happy birthday and I pray that God will continue to guide you in all the things that you will choose to do.
As the dawn breaks and another day will unfold, may it provide you with real hope in what the future will hold! I pray that you will be happy not only on this day but for the coming days ahead. Happy birthday!
Rejoice for God has blessed you with another year in your life. Since its your birthday, take this opportunity to thank God for the gift of life and for the many blessings He has showered upon you. May you have a blessed birthday!
Here’s a toast to celebrate another year in your life. I pray that you’ll continue to live a healthy and joyous life.
A life that’s well lived will always be a great reason to celebrate. God is in heaven now and doing a happy dance.
Here’s wishing you the most amazing birthday. May God’s heavenly face shine upon you not only on this special day but for the rest of the days of your life.
Happy birthday, may the Lord continue to bless you! Thank you for being the greatest friend I have.
I pray that mercy and goodness will accompany you today and for the rest of your beautiful life. Happy birthday!
It really makes me so happy to be celebrating your birthday. I pray that God will continue to bless you and may He wrap his mighty arms around you for protection not only on this day but for the rest of your life.
Happy birthday! My prayer is for God Almighty to never stop blessing you. May you see more remarkable days like what you have today!
I pray that your special day will be as awesome as you are. Happiest birthday to you my dear! May you always be showered with so many blessings in life!
May the Lord continue to give you enough strength and wisdom to go through life smoothly and surpass all the challenges that you will face ahead! Stay blessed, my friend, and enjoy your life to the fullest!