After you have worked hard for several days or maybe weeks, finally the holiday comes. Do you know that feeling?
A day-off after many days worked feels good. The body relaxes a little more than usual. The mind rests from the ‘to-do’ list.
Holidays are times of national remembrance, family time, food, special activities, and fun. I’m always so grateful for the times of refreshing.
This morning I’m also reminded that our holidays were first HOLY DAYS!
I’m not one who wants to throw out all our traditions and celebrations declaring them all evil pagan rituals.
But let us redeem them by also making the real effort to make them HOLY DAYS too.
I will celebrate Thanksgiving in the traditional ways with food, football, and family. We will spend Thursday with Billie Sue’s family and Friday with my family. We will eat, cheer for our football teams, and spend some time just being together and relaxing.
But being a pastor again has heightened my sense of the holiness of these times too. Let’s not miss out on the presence of God in our lives.
I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2 ESV
Our Father, thank-you for blessings, salvation, presence, hope, peace, forgiveness, family, food, rest, homes, church, fellow followers, dedicated disciples, teachers, friends, children, grandchildren, health, provision, nation, missionaries, … Fill us this season with a greater sense of gratitude and Your Holy Presence. Make us keenly aware that each day is Holy because Your Holy Spirit is always in us.