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Happy 100th Birthday, Georgia Daniel!

Monday Morning, August 17, 2020

This day, we celebrate the 100th birthday of Georgia Daniel. May God’s grace and love be upon you. May God’s joy course through you, Georgia, as you mark this day.

Goodness, think of all the events, all of the experiences Georgia witnessed. On the day of her birth, the North Carolina state senate voted, 25 to 23, to postpone consideration of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, until after the November elections. The very next day, the Tennessee state House of Representatives approved the Senate resolution to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

As her life unfolded, The Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, passage of the Voters Rights Act, the space race, human beings setting foot on the moon, Watergate, the fall of the Soviet Union, political unrest, the Middle East, 9-11, the first African American President, a Pandemic, erosion of democratic norms around the world and in our own country. Many more events can be added.

Goodness, think of all the changes, all of the people she shared so much with. Try and imagine the first time, as a little girl, she talked on a telephone, what it looked like, the technology it took to create such a thing. Now think of a cell phone that may very well be used this day to wish her a happy birthday, the technology of such a “computer” to be held by a 100 year old hand.

Goodness, think of all the events, all of the experiences, all of the changes, all of the, people that have been a part of your life.

Goodness, now think of all that has been and will be constant, from the very gracious beginning of all things to the gracious eternity of all things. The grace, love, faithfulness, life and care of what we humbly know as “God, Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, Parent, brother Jesus, Sister Spirit.”

Let us sing, not just happy birthday, let us sing for Georgia, for one and all;

Our God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,

be thou our guard while life shall last, and our eternal home.

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