It’s my turn to write on this month’s ChristianWriters.com blog chain. In July we’re discussing the topic “Celebrate”. This is a very joyful subject, and one we should we eager to write about. I wondered what I could say about celebration. This world can be a pretty dark place these days, with the soaring cost of living, and plumetting moral values. It can be hard to think about celebrating. Like so many things in life, celebration can sometimes just come down to a choice.
A few days ago I found that the main heater in our house had stopped working. That night, I discovered that our hot water service had also broken down. Now according to the stereotype, Tasmania is always cold. This is not true – but we are currently in the middle of a rather cold winter, so the two things you don’t want to live without are heat and hot water. The cost of getting these things fixed was not something I wanted to think about – so I was contemplating having to live without them for a long time.
Fortunately, we had a little flash of inspiration. If they had both broken down together there might be some connection. Maybe it was a blown fuse or something. Yesterday morning we checked out the fuse box and found that two switches had been turned off. After flicking them back on the heater started working. Several hours later the water was warming up again. It angered me that some vandal had entered my driveway and turned off our fuses just to make our life difficult. What have we ever done to them? This kind of thing happens sometimes on the street where we live.
Suddenly it occured to me, I’d just had some really good news. The heater and hot water service were not broken. I’d not be up for huge repair or replacement costs. I had reason to celebrate. I could choose to be angry or I could take joy that the problem was so easily fixed. I chose to celebrate.
Sometimes we don’t even really need a reason to celebrate. We have reasons all around us if we look. My in-laws are visiting from interstate. Today after church we had a family lunch with my the in-laws and my parents – simply to celebrate family. Aussies love a party – any excuse will do.
If you follow my blog you may remember a few months ago I wrote about a little boy in my church who was battling cancer. Today, at church we celebrated his second birthday. For a boy like him that is a big deal. We were celebrating the fact that he is still with us. Just imagine organising enough birthday cake to feed everyone in an 800 seat auditorium!
Amongst all of this, The most important celebration of all took place during church this morning. It’s hard to think of it as a celebration. It’s actually quite a sombre thing. It is a remembrance of a death – an unjust death at that. A man was unjustly put to death in a horrific way – for the crimes of other people. He died for people like me. Of course I’m talking about Jesus. This celebration was communion. Regardless of what you call it, or how to do it, this is an important celebration for most Christians. It’s a celebration because of what that death (and subsequent resurrection) achieved. Someone like me – who is deserving of death – undeserving of a relationship with God – was forgiven and rescued by that sacrifice. If that’s not a reason to celebrate I don’t know what is.
So let’s choose to celebrate. Party on!
“They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness.” – Psalm 89:16
“Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.” – Psalm 2:11
Follow the Chain
- 01/07/2012: Stephen Olar, Snickerdoodles
- 03/07/2012: Chris Henderson, TheWriteChris
- 04/07/2012: Suzette Emilia, Beautiful You
- 05/07/2012: Tracy Krauss, Expression Express
- 06/07/2012: Bill Jones, I Was Thinking the Other Day
- 07/07/2012: Mike Johnson, The College Field Manual
- 08/07/2012: Adam Collings, The Collings Zone YOU ARE HERE
- 09/07/2012: Cindee Re, Breathe Deeply
- 10/07/2012: Chris Stachura, Recovery Along Route 66
- 11/07/2012: Carol Peterson, From Carol’s Quill
- 12/07/2012: Chris Vonada, I’m Just Thinkin’
- 13/07/2012: Nona King, Spirit Driven Fiction
- 14/07/2012: Stephanie Boles, 80 Acres and a Book
- 15/07/2012: Lynn Mosher, Heading Home
- 16/07/2012: Kristena Tunstall, Mommy’s Angel In Heaven
- 18/07/2012: Victor Travison, Lightwalker’s View
- 19/07/2012: Keith Wallis, wordsculptures
- 20/07/2012: Edward Lewis, Sowing the Seeds
- 21/07/2012: SandiGrace, Heart Gazer
- 22/07/2012: Traci Bonney, Tracings
- 23/07/2012: Terrie Thorpe, Light for the Journey
- 24/07/2012: Noel Kline, Clean Heart, Cozy Home
- 25/07/2012: Pauline Creeden, Fat Free Faith
- 26/07/2012: Nona King, Word Obsession
- 27/07/2012: Israel Ikhinmwin, Education Made Simple
- 28/07/2012: Deborah K. Anderson, Faith, Fiction, & Unvarnished Truth
- 30/07/2012: Marilyn McKay, Life 101: Understanding It All
- 31/07/2012: Jack Brown, JayBees Blog
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