In his devotional, “Shalom for the Heart’, Rabbi Evan Moffic writes, “Sometimes in the rush of life, we forget to celebrate. Something good happens to us and we think either (a) Things are good so something bad will probably happen soon; or (b) OK. What’s next?” It seems as if we are too busy to celebrate or there are so many challenging things going on in the world that we feel guilty for celebrating. But celebration is good for the soul and it’s good for our own emotional health and well being. It builds joy into our life, it reminds us of the goodness of God, and our hearts are protected from hardening into cynicism.
Author and Spiritual Director, Joan Chittister, writes, “Life is not meant to be a burden. Life is not a problem to be solved. It is a blessing to be celebrated. Every dimension of life, its gains and its losses, are reason for celebration because of them brings us close to wisdom and fullness of understanding.” How often do you and I approach life as a burden or a problem to be solved? Even in the challenges and hardships of life, God invites us to celebrate for its even in those moments we come closer to, as Joan Chittister writes, “…wisdom and fullness of understanding.”
As you go through the rest of your week, find time for “mini-celebrations”…moments in which you simply celebrate life and God’s goodness and care. You might celebrate in this way…
- Share a meal and conversation with a good friend
- Give yourself permission to laugh and find some friends that help make you laugh
- Spend some time outside in the beauty of nature and the colors of Fall
- Take time to list the ways you have seen God show up in your life and offer you grace and peace
- Take a break from “planning your day” and simply enjoy the moments that come your way
- Celebrate someone’s birthday..celebrate the joy of children as they come to your house for candy and “Trick or Treat”
Psalm 90:14 reads, “Fill us full every morning with your faithful love so we can rejoice and celebrate our whole life long.” May we open our lives to God’s faitfhul love every morning…may we know God’s joy…may we know how to celebrate.
Click here to hear this past Sunday’s Prepared Message “The Value of Celebration.”