Holidays

Holidays
Holidays

Every Day Is A Holiday With Jesus!

You might notice that there has been a gap in my posts over the Holidays, but that has not kept me from my daily devotions, just in posting them. I have truly enjoyed the holidays so far and look forward to the New Year. But let’s take a moment to reflect on the Word of God as they relate to the Holidays.

First, the etymology for the word holiday comes from the Old English word hāligdæg (hālig “holy” + dæg “day”). The word originally referred only to special religious days. In modern use, it means any special day of rest or relaxation, as opposed to normal days away from work or school. So if that is the case then every Sunday is a Holiday as the Sabbath is a day of rest. 

But as believers in Jesus isn’t every day a holiday or holy day?

In church history, holidays have been an important part of the faith since the birth of the church. The LORD’s day of course is the most frequently celebrated and along with Easter we have two of the oldest and most celebrated Christian holidays. Since the dawn of the church, these holidays have been instrumental in the rememberance of the work that God has performed in His creation.

Christian holidays are unique from other celebration days in that they are holy (hence the name holiday). Unlike pagan holidays, Christian holidays are solemn occasions that are much more sacred and maintain reverence and decorum; whereas, other days of celebration tend to be boisterous and unorthodox. Many of the pagan celebrations include acts that involve satisfying the flesh and lusts and usually involve drunkeness and debauchery.

I found a list of some of the Christian Holidays on Wikipedia and have included them below. I can’t say that these are all celebrated by the church as a whole but it is a fair representation of the holidays that are listed online.

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But as a believer, it is my personal belief that every day is a holiday. Of course we don’t get to take off from work to enjoy them all, but then again, if you work at what you love is it really work? And if you do your work as if unto the LORD (Colossians 3:23) then you can say that every day at work is a holiday too!

With Christmas 2013 marked off the calendar and the New Year upon us, my prayer is that you will remember every day that Jesus is the reason for the seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter! Let’s celebrate the LORD all year round.

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