I’m reflecting on at least two passages today:
Ps 107:1 (ESV) "Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!"
Our God is good, his love eternally on display through the sacrifice of his beloved Son, so let’s trust him enough to celebrate today! (It takes real faith to celebrate, you know).
Nehemiah 8:10 (ESV) Then he said to them, "Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
God gives joy to his people and this joy (in Him) provides us strength. Perhaps the robustness and freedom in which we feast and celebrate is indicative of our belief in this truth and the good Giver who came up with it.
Let’s trust him enough to have fun and feast!
For those of us who feel a sense of brokenheartedness during this season (many family issues are stirred up, aren’t they?), take heart friends. Even though we may not be able to experience complete freedom from regret or sadness, let’s press in to our merciful God today. He will hold us and our tears and celebrate over us when we can’t celebrate (over) ourselves.