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Topic: Holiday (04/05/12)
TITLE: Why Do You Celebrate?
By Susan Allen
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When I first thought of the word “holiday”, I thought of the three main ones—Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. Then I thought about Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. I began thinking of what they meant to me and why I celebrated each holiday.
Each holiday is celebrated for an incredible reason. There is a special common theme for every one of these extraordinary days. It is having the honor to thank God for His love.
Christmas—I thank you God for the birth of Your only begotten Son, Jesus. He is You in the flesh, whom You sent to give us hope. Thank you for this prophetic day that we may have the honor of celebrating. This holiday is a reason for family to gather together and remember our Lord’s birth. One of my favorite sayings is, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”. Christmas is to celebrate His birth, not for all that commercialized selling for everything they say you want. We give each other gifts because we are being thoughtful to each other and that’s a gift to You. Father God, You know the beginning and the ending. When Jesus was born you already saw His Ascension where He goes back home to sit at Your right hand. That is the full circle of His life. Thank you for your love to bring us a Savior. (Luke 2:11(NIV)—Today in the town of David a savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.)
Easter—I thank you God for this wonderful celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection. His victory over death—He beat sin! (1Corinthians 15:54-57(NIV)—54)…. “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 55) “Where, O death, is your sting?” 56) The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57) But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.) He obeyed Your will, Father God, and died for the world because of Your love for us. He has risen! We celebrate this miraculous holiday because Your only begotten Son is alive. He has ascended into heaven. Thank you for Your everlasting love, Father God.
Thanksgiving—Thank you God for this holiday. It is one of my favorites because this day brings our family together—grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters and all the children. We all sit around the dinner table and share what we are thankful for. No other holiday is like this one. I love it when people are thankful because it stops everyone from thinking about their troubles and aches and pains. When everyone is thanking God there is no room for disagreements. I wish this holiday was an everyday occurrence. Thank you for your love, Father God. (1Thessalonians 5:16-18(NIV)—Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.)
Mother’s Day—I thank you God for the privilege of being a mother. Knowing that my children are a blessing from your loving generosity; helps me remember to love them unconditionally, like you do, even when times get rough. (Oh, those teenage years…) They are Your children that you have entrusted to me and I dedicated them back to You. Because of Your love for us, we had the opportunity to be a God-fearing family.
Father’s Day—Thank you God for the children’s Father. This is his special day where we show him how much he is loved. We appreciate him being the head of the family. Thank you for introducing us so that we had the honor to bring our children up under your loving care.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7(NIV)—6) These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7) Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Holiday means being thankful, having joy, love, and family. Include God in your life every day, not just on holidays. Then you will be thankful, have joy, and will love your family every day. Why do you celebrate?
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