This past weekend we drove down to Chesapeake to celebrate our grandson Caleb’s sixth birthday. We arrived into town very late Friday evening so we planned to sleep in, unfortunately for my daughter that was not what her three children had in mind. They were up early anticipating the day and the birthday memories we were going to share together. Caleb especially was looking forward to being the center of attention and the other two were ready for the festivities to begin.
Everyone enjoys celebrations. Christians celebrate Jesus birth with Christmas and His Resurrection at Easter. We celebrateIndependence Day with fireworks and parades on the 4th of July and no other nation that I know of celebrates Thanksgiving. There are deep underlying needs that drive us to engage in celebrations. As a result, we have found so many wonderful ways to meet these needs and create more meaning in our lives.
There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven—Ecclesiastes 3:1 AMP
We see that celebrations were both commanded and practiced throughout the Bible. My favorite is found in Nehemiah 12. The building of the wall was complete and the Israelites dedicated the wall, and then had a great celebration. It was never God’s will for us to work hard and never enjoy the fruit of our labor (Ecclesiastes 8:15-16). Jesus came so that we may have a more and better life than we ever dreamed of (see John 10:10). This abundant life includes celebrating individuals, anniversaries, holidays, and special moments.