Prayer on a Birthday

As I celebrate my birthday today,
permit me, God,
to celebrate it with you in this private way,
opening my heart to you.
If I reached this year
it is because of you,
who were never absent from my life.
Your presence has given me the will
to fight against what is selfish and evil
You have accompanied me, Lord,
with the power of your kindness
all along the journey of my life;
you have preserved me
with a strong and happy disposition to do your will.
Keep lit for many years, O God,
the spark of my life,
so that I may thank you daily
for the light of your blessing.

Amen.