Isn’t it fun to celebrate? To rejoice and have fun over a great accomplishment, a new baby, a graduation, a birthday, a promotion, a new job, a home-coming, a wedding anniversary, and the list goes on. It’s wonderful to commemorate, remember, and give honor at these special times.
Much of our celebrating causes us to stop from the routine of our day to attend the party or the commemorative event. Some celebrations have us dress differently and include special foods…like cake (cake is fun especially moist yellow cake with thick chocolate frosting…now that sounds like a party). Many celebrations also include showing appreciation with kind words, special video tributes, and gifts. In addition, most celebrations include enjoyable times of relaxing, talking, laughing, and even some fun games.
Did you know God is into celebrations? Yep, all through the Bible God set up celebrations – be it Passover (Exodus 12:15-20), or a harvest festival (Leviticus 23), or creating a pile of rocks as a memorial (Genesis 31, Exodus 20), or gathering together on Sundays like the early church did to honor Jesus’ resurrection (He rose from the grave on a Sunday, Luke 24). God encouraged celebration.
I believe God encourages celebration because it causes us to stop, reflect, and refocus life a little. Much of the time at these celebrations we are reminded of all that God is doing and has done in our lives. Celebrations for some are opportunities to praise God when reflecting upon His provision, grace, love, mercy, goodness, and kindness.
Now the reason I say ‘some’ is because it is a choice at these celebrations whether we give honor and glory to God or not. See, we can choose to leave God outside the party by focusing our attention on the person or event being celebrated and never once give a thought of God. Did not He give that person life (Psalm 139, Acts 17:28)? Is He not the One of Psalm 103…
Psalm 103:3-5 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
So whatever the honor, the tribute, or the blessing we have on this earth it is because of God. So as you celebrate, bring God into the party. As you walk in say a quick, silent prayer in thanks for the person or the event you are celebrating. Give Him the praise as you acknowledge the accomplishments, and if you are the one honored reflect the honor back to God.
Speaking of celebrations, we here at Cypress Church are having our Annual Celebration this Sunday, June 6th. It’s a whole morning and lunch to the glory of God and all He has done in and through our church this past year (we celebrate a fiscal year from July to June). The celebration starts at 9am as we worship together, followed by a quick business meeting (all are welcome and encouraged to attend…you will not want to miss the video and other important elements), then a free lunch (tacos!!!) where we will be dedicating our almost finished remodeled kitchen. So please plan to attend. It’s a party you will not want to miss.
Oh, one last thing about this Sunday. I would like to encourage everyone who is able to please use our off-site parking at the Cypress High School staff parking lot. This is a short walk from the church, but we also have shuttles that regularly run to and from this location.
Hope to see you Sunday. It’s going to be an uplifting, inspiring, and exciting time celebrating!!
With Joy and a Smile,