Pentecost: celebrating my RebirthDay

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At a glance, it is just another wooden bench found in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, nestled amongst greenery along the Saraca Stream Walk for those who need a minute to catch a breath, or to sit a while to enjoy the ambience. For me, this particular bench will always have special significance as I had to rest here often during my rehabilitation during the summer of 2017.

Left: The Bench today; Right: 4 years ago

I commemorate my birthday twice a year: once in September, and my RebirthDay on Pentecost, whenever that occurs. On this day, we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples, marking the beginning of the Christian church’s mission to the world. Pentecost also now marks the day I woke up after a month in an induced coma due to a persistent infection in my lungs.

Frankly, I have never been a huge fan of celebrating my own birthday but this is an occasion to give thanks for my second chance at life. And so, with a grateful heart, I celebrate this 4th RebirthDay.


Reading your Joyful Posts brings me to my happy place. I hope having them in one place makes it easier for you to find when you need a bit of happy therapy, too.

If you would like to join in, ping back to this post and I will include you next week.




  1. Dear Ju-Lyn — I’ve never thought about celebrating Pentecost as my on (re)birthday. What a moving idea. Congratulations! The feature image you chose seems so fitting: living in the eternal flow of God’s love, beautifully. I also appreciated your image (cool trick!) of the bench and its significance to you. May your journey continue with grace.


  2. Sweetheart, what a nightmare that must have been for you and your family! Thank heavens you recovered and are living proof that life can be kind. And thank you for your own kindness in including me again. I’m very grateful πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


    1. It was more of a nightmare for my family than for me, as I was out cold most of the time in the hospital. And I was surrounded by so much love in the recovery that I didn’t feel lacking in any way at all.

      Thank you for celebrating on this occasion with me. And as always, you are most welcome in this space.


  3. Happy ReBirthday! That’s so wonderful that you get to celebrate your second chance at life, even though of course I wouldn’t have wished that illness on you.


    1. Thanks Laurie. Those few months are still a blur for me. Bits and pieces of the puzzle continue to be found and placed; an adventure that continues!


  4. Ju-Lyn, Happy rebirthday! Great job on your image comparison. So glad for you and your family that you came out of your coma and have since recovered well. It makes your regular running even more amazing. I’m also an ICU survivor although my ICU stay was when I was a kid. It did bring life into sharp focus and I’ve been living life with gratitude since. Thank you for the mention and for your contribution to #weekendcoffeeshare.


    1. Ah! A fellow-ICU survivor – apparently we are quite a rare breed, or so I’ve been told! It must have been quite challenging as it happened when you were a child – did it take you a long time to process it?

      Thank you for your affirmation on the image-compare. I realised the image from 4 years ago was not a sharp as I’d like πŸ™‚


      1. The ICU experience has stayed with me and has been useful to help me move forward whenever I face a challenging situation. We’re critical of our own photography πŸ™‚


        1. I hear you! But I guess a little critical eye, if it leads to striving towards improvement and more learning, is not always a bad thing!

          We survivors of trauma certainly have a slightly different perspective on life – we are the lucky ones!


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