Celebrations are a part of the fabric of American life. There is always a holiday for card companies to make money from and stores to monopolize. I have seen throughout my lifetime how the commercialization of holidays make them less meaningful and more materialistic.
If any culture knows how to celebrate, for the right reasons, it is the Jewish. I have recently been given some precious friends who have graciously taught me everything I have ever wanted to know about their Jewish faith and traditions. They have been so patient with me as I pelt them with random questions when they pop into my head.
The Jewish holidays serve as Holy reminders of God showing up and fulfilling His promises to His people. In the Jewish culture, teaching their children the history of God’s goodness is also a vital part of the celebrations.
Today is one such holiday, PURIM. The story of this celebration is found in the book of Esther. A young Jewish queen is placed in the role of a lifetime, to rescue her people from death. While God is not mentioned in the book, His presence is there, giving Esther courage and guiding her decisions by making a way for the Jewish people of Persia to not be destroyed. In Israel, the entire week is celebrated with food, costumes, parades, and dancing.
The Jewish people hold a certain truth that I believe we could all find beneficial. Each day is a day to celebrate. Even in hard times, especially in hard times, we can look back and remember times God proved His faithfulness.
In my own life, I have seen God moving in ways I will never forget. Through my daughter’s chronic illness, I have tried to share with her ways I see God working, so she can remember in her dark moments God has been with her all along.
Find a reason to celebrate God today.