November marks the beginning of our own “holiday season.” Although most of us don’t celebrate (or even know much about!) the seven feasts God gave, our holidays do help us to both look back and look forward. At Thanksgiving we look back with gratitude for the abundance and freedoms we enjoy in this nation; at Christmas we look back at Jesus’ birth and the promise that holds for our future.
A powerful aspect of the Bible’s feasts, and our holidays, is their repetitive nature. They come every year, at the same time. Their very repetition helps to focus our attention…hopefully, on God.
As we transition from our Whole Hearted series and into this holiday season, I want to encourage each of us to continue the simple, repeatable patterns we have begun: the Daily Office, keeping Sabbath, slowing down to be with God. Or, if you haven’t already, start making those habits part of your life. And just as the Bible’s feasts included a variety offerings made to God, so the holidays bring opportunities to move from gratitude to generosity. Look for ways God will invite you to share generously in his story of redemption this season.
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