|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Fully Alive”
Our Bible verse for today: “Go and eat what is rich, drink what is sweet, and send portions to those who have nothing prepared, since today is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, because the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Feasting and fun is good for you”
Recently I re-watched the movie “Fiddler on the Roof”. It’s a classic story about the life of Jewish peasants in a small Russian village in 1905. It’s about a poor milkman (Tevya) trying to marry off his five daughters amidst the backdrop of the increasing persecution of the Jews in czarist Russia. The story is both poignant and funny, and is filled with lots of music, dancing, and singing.
One thing that I love about the story is the depiction of traditional Jewish life, with all of its robust and often exaggerated emotions, the laughing and joking, and the music, dancing, celebrating, and feasting that are all such a big part of that culture.
Actually, I think the feasting and celebrating part should be an important part of life for all of God’s people, and I think we Southern Baptists are pretty good about that. Our churches are sometimes jokingly referred to as “The Church of the Covered Dish”, referring to the after-church potluck lunches we’re famous for. In our church we’re also known for our ice cream socials (It could have something to do with the Pastor’s ice cream addiction).
As was noted in yesterday’s devotional, this Sunday evening our Youth Group will be making a presentation to the church to report on their recent mission trip. Afterwards, we’ll all head to the Fellowship Hall for ice cream sundaes and socializing. There probably won’t be much dancing or singing, but there will be plenty of ice cream, and certainly lots of animated conversations, along with laughing and joking. It promises to be a good time.
Celebrating and feasting is an important part of life in the family of God and it goes a long way towards helping us to live lives that truly are fully alive. We need to celebrate. We need to feast. We need ice cream.
I hope you’ll join us. A time of feasting and fun will be good for you.
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