Why I love Friday the Thirteenth

Happy Friday the Thirteenth!

When did Friday the thirteenth become an “unlucky” day? According to WikiPedia, it didn’t become a widespread superstition until the 19th century, although some trace it back to the Middle Ages, when someone linked it to Jesus’ Last Supper, in which there were 13 attendees on Maundy Thursday before Good Friday.

lastsupper The fear of Friday the thirteenth is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (meaning “thirteen”).

I never really thought about being fearful of a particular day or number – I mean, God made each day, and He tells us to “Fear not” more than anything in the Bible!

ellen-gina1995-001There came a day, though, that I learned to love Friday the 13th. It was 1994, and I was expecting my second child, Ellen. They calculated the due date, and guess what? The estimated date of birth was to be Friday, January 13, 1995. We laughed about it the whole time.

But guess what? She was right on time. On Friday, January 13, 1995–exactly 22 years ago, today–Ellen Priscilla Merrick was born.

ellen2-001On that blessed date God blessed us with a healthy, beautiful, compact bundle of energy with a head-full of dark hair and the ability to sleep anywhere but her car seat. Really.


Ellen will be graduating from college this May, with a degree in vocal performance. She’s all grown up, but still my little girl in whom I am exceedingly proud.

2016-11-11-21-09-23-hdrHappy Birthday to my Friday the thirteenth blessing!

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

5 thoughts on “Why I love Friday the Thirteenth”

  1. Definitely a blessed Friday the thirteenth for your family! I’ve had a good Friday the thirteenth so far. Managed to get to the rehab clinic and back home (icy sidewalks, three buses) and the physio has relieved some symptoms so I’m having a chirroy afternoon. Oh — and chocolate bars were 4 for $3 at the grocery store! LOL Maybe they are having that special in honor of Ellen’s birthday!

  2. I’ve never understood superstitions like Friday the 13th- like you said, God made every day and told us not to fear! I have certain days of the year I dread personally, but those are from memories of past events that may have happened on those days, such as death of loved ones. But even then I can rejoice in the “graduation” to a heavenly plane! Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter; her lipstick game is stellar! 🙂

  3. Happy belated birthday!!! My birthday is July 13th, so I’ve had a few Friday the 13th birthdays. They’ve always been good. So Friday the 13th doesn’t phase me.

  4. We were greeted by a rainbow this past Friday the 13th. as we arrived back at Port Canaveral, Florida from a cruise to the Bahamas. Lucky because we were safe and sound and back on American soil, but feeling a little unlucky as the time of being spoiled and pampered was ending.
    Happy Birthday to your Friday the 13th. blessing! I hope this coming year is a wonderful one for her, and for all of you!

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