“Just another birthday” revisited

“Daddy” is not merely a title: It’s a holy name. (Rom 8:15; Gal. 4:6)

While the Apostle Paul talks about this in the context of God relationship with us as our heavenly father, we know that the phrase “Abba,” as translated in the Bible, is an Aramaic word which means “daddy” or “papa.” What the Apostle Paul is saying here is when we accept Jesus as our Savior we are adopted into God’s family. We become God’s child and He becomes our heavenly Father. The relationship is so deep and so personal that we can call him “daddy.” (from http://www.biblestudyplanet.com/d1.htm)

That’s why I believe divorce is so destructive. Not just to the adults whom God joined together as “one” (Gen. 2:24), but to the children.

The Christian group Casting Crowns paints this picture vividly in its song “Just Another Birthday,” which appears on the new CD “Come to the Well.” A recent addition to Christian radio, the song appears in video format and has taken YouTube by storm.

It’s one of those painful reminders in my own life of how my daughter continues to grow up without me in the home because of a decision her mother made and the favoritism judges show in divorce court. It’s even worse since the American economy took a dive and I had to relocate to another state to find work!

While the Bible offers much consolation in that “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them,” (Rom. 8:28), and that God is not merely some distant, cosmic being, but “father to the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5), it’s nevertheless painful given how our culture preys on children and what Christians know to be true about the importance of the family dynamic in rearing children.

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows – this is God, whose dwelling is holy.

Mark Hall, lead singer of Casting Crowns, explains the inspiration behind the song from the perspective of a youth pastor and two scriptures from the Bible: Psalm 68:5 and James 1:27. He is currently the youth pastor at Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Georgia.

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

According to Hall, the song wasn’t born out of a single circumstance.

“To say that this song is about a girl, I wish I could say that; but it’s about so many girls,” Hall says in a YouTube video with Megan Garrett, the Casting Crowns member who sings the song.

Hall says in the video that he was trying to do several things through “Just Another Birthday.”

  • “Shake dad up a little bit and let kids see that they need more of you than what you can provide for them”
  • Let kids know that God truly is father to the fatherless (he encourages teens to read Psalm 139 and gain an understanding of how much God knows and cares for us)
  • Hall believes the church “as the body of Christ” needs to step up and step into the lives of the youth. “We’ve got to fill in those gaps, those canyons in the lives of teenagers in our church,” Hall said.

“Just Another Birthday” is just the latest single to be released from Casting Crowns’ newest CD, and is, in fact, available for free download from KLOVE radio for a short time only.

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3 thoughts on ““Just another birthday” revisited

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  2. Todd, I watched the interview with the songwriter for the Just Another Birthday song and he makes the point that kids don’t need more stuff but they do need their parent present. You claim that there were no jobs in the state where your child is living so you were forced to move. Are you absolutely SURE? No jobs in the WHOLE STATE? That just doesn’t make sense. Tell me the city and the state where your child is living and I will look up jobs for you.

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