Holidays hold different meanings for different people – but one thing for sure: We all like to have a reason to celebrate.
As I stood on a lakeshore one summer holiday and saw the hundreds and hundreds of people boating, swimming, picnicking, or simply walking together, I thought of the value of celebrating important events together with friends and loved ones.
Did you ever try to celebrate something alone? A fireworks display isn’t much fun if there’s no one to “ooooh and aaaah” with. Picnics need people. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations – they all go better with lots of friends and relatives around.
As Christians, we have much to celebrate – and not alone or just a few times a year! We’re to meet regularly with others who follow Christ, to encourage one another in love and good works (Hebrews 10:24-25), and to celebrate the goodness of the Lord. The psalmist encouraged all people to recall “the works of God” and lift their voices together in praise to Him (Psalm 66:5-8).
Let’s celebrate God’s love and goodness with those who share our excitement. God’s outpouring of His grace, mercy, and daily provision are just a few of the many reasons to rejoice! – Dave Branon
Let us celebrate together,
Lift our voice in one accord,
Singing of God’s grace and mercy
And the goodness of the Lord. – Sper
If you know Christ, you always have a reason to celebrate.
- July 4, Vol. 18, Our Daily Bread