We don't just have to wait until momentus occasions to celebrate.
Reference: v.27 At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres. (NIV Bible)
Explore: To stop and celebrate is an important part of any process. I'm not just saying this because I love good food and great people spending time together! I do think that it's great to look back over past successes and celebrate them. The Israelites had come a long way since being exiles in Babylon. Here they are, their wall rebuilt, their faith reconfirmed and the new season of their people was well on it's way. To stop and take some time in dedication and celebration was an important step in ushering in the new stage of life.
Application: Sometimes we can be so driven in pushing forward that we forget to stop and celebrate what has been. As people get older they even become hesitant to celebrate birthdays and don't acknowledge the previous year of their life – although I think this may be a reluctance to embrace being one year older! But we don't just have to wait until momentus occasions to celebrate. Every time something significant happens we can take some time to celebrate. To be honest, every day holds a moment worth celebrating. Often before I go to sleep I will go through my day in my head and just thank God for moments that may have seemed insignificant to someone else but has brought a moment of celebration for me. Let's not leave celebration out of our lives. Let's be thankful for each and every day.
Prayer: Lord, you are a God of praise and thanksgiving and we want to give you all the praise you deserve. Thank you for giving us this day. May we celebrate the life you have given to us. Amen.
What is something you can celebrate in your life at the moment?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.