What is on my mind in my waking moments? Images of celebration! Celebration is not always presented in the bible as a spontaneous happening though of course it is delightful when it happens that way. However, in the Old and New Testaments it is commanded and takes on the status and shape of a spiritual discipline. That is clearer perhaps in the Old Testament: there were feasts, festivals for which preparations had to be seen to, food prepared, journeys undertaken etc. It is however there in the New Testament too continuing on from the the Old Testament Scriptures, in passing references to existing commanded festivals, and in admonitions and encouragements which have a command element attached to them, such as “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, ‘Rejoice.'”
If, as I have done, I am trusting the Lord to waken me morning by morning with words that will sustain the weary, I am trusting there is something helpful in all of this not just for me but for you. Don’t give up hope for the spontaneous eruption of celebration within your soul this day. However, remember there are steps you can discipline yourself to take towards celebration too. Why not take a step forward today? The first step might simply be making space for a “Thank you” heavenward. “Thankful for what?” might be your ruffled feather esponse from a difficult place. Well, just make a start, whether with a sweet spirit or in reluctance, dragging your heels. You will soon get the hang of it….
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