Some of the biggest blessings from God in our lives are the people – our friends, family, and all we love – who are on this journey with us. Birthdays remind us to celebrate those special people, as well as their gifts and thank God for placing them in our lives. Turn to these birthday prayers, blessings, and inspiring quotes to graciously recognize the special people in your life. You can also include them as spiritual birthday blessings in cards or text messages.
Table of Contents
- Celebrating birthdays
- Bible verses for birthdays
- Birthday prayers and blessings
- Birthday inspiration from the saints
- More prayers
The birthdays of our loved ones offer us a special day to show love and gratitude to those people in our lives. On our own birthdays, we pause for reflection on the previous year, celebrate our journey thus far, and look forward to what the future holds.
During these days of remembrance and gratitude, we thank God for introducing us to the people who have ventured into our lives and walk alongside us, no matter how young or old they might be. We hope you’ll find these birthday prayers and blessings helpful in celebrating the unique lives of people that have blessed your own life.
Bible verses for Birthdays
Include a Bible verse in a birthday card or birthday text to a friend to show your gratitude for God placing them in your life. If it’s your own birthday, turn to these prayers as you celebrate another year of the gift of life from Him.
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.
1 Corinthians 1:3-7
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind — just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you — so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
Psalm 23 – A Psalm of David
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.
[Read the full Psalm here.]
Birthday prayers and blessings
Turn to these prayers in celebration of your friends and family members to reflect on the previous years and look forward to the years to come.
Prayer of gratitude
Thank you for placing [Name] in my life and inviting me into their journey.
I am so grateful to have them in my life and for their many gifts.
May you be with them on this special day and continue to bless them in the years ahead.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Please watch over [Name] as they celebrate another year of life.
May you be present with them in this time of reflection, gratitude, and looking ahead.
May you guide them with joy, gratitude, and love on this special day.
Traditional Irish blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
As we celebrate your birthday, I give thanks to God for placing you in my life. May your day be filled with joy, reflection, and hope for the year ahead, and may He continue to bless you and watch over you all the days of your life.
Short birthday blessings
- May your next year be filled with His joy and love.
- May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
- May God be with you in this next year of your life.
- May God bless you today and forever.
- May your journey continue to be blessed each and every day.
- May you look back with joy on the years of your life and with hope for those to come.
Birthday inspiration from the saints and other individuals
Whether it’s your birthday or the birthday of a loved one in your life, a great quote can inspire gratitude. We put together a few of our favorite quotes from the saints to share with you!
Pope Saint John Paul II
“Let us remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm, and look forward to the future with confidence.”
“Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”
St. Francis of Assisi
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.”
“I pray God may preserve your health and life many years.”
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