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Holidays are holy days!

Everyone is getting ready for the holidays…when family & friends reunite. But what really is the purpose for holidays…Holi is short for holy…holy means set apart for a sacred purpose or use. For Christians, this means a day set apart to honor and glorify God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, not Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, or the Pilgrims. Though the birth of Jesus & His resurrection were not really on December 25th or Easter Day according to the Jewish Calendar, it doesn’t really matter what day it happened but that we remember and celebrate what was done for us. For each holiday, we give thanks for God’s provision, Jesus’ miraculous birth, life, teachings, death, & resurrection to pay the penalty of our sins. So let’s purposely focus on the real meaning of these holidays. Ways we can do this is by decorating the house with symbols that represent and teach what God has done for us…pumpkins for the bountiful harvest each year, manger scenes and lights for Jesus who came to earth to reconcile (made right) with God, and the cross for Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins and the egg for the new birth we receive when we accept Jesus as our Savior. We also recite Scripture, sing hymns, act out the lives of Bible heroes, pray, make a special craft such as a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter ornaments that tell the Biblical story of God’s creation and redemption of mankind, minister gifts or good deed to the homeless, orphans, widows, imprisoned, etc. and watch special movies such as “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Scrooge”, “Jesus of Nazareth”.
Praying that you each have a blessed holiday filled with love & joy & peace. I love this scene & song in White Christmas…

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