Since I have begun writing this 31-day series on celebrations, we have celebrated three birthdays, an elderly aunt has passed away, another beloved aunt has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, a family member has had some financial reverses, my dad has been afflicted with a flare up of sciatica, and on Sunday evening our brother-in-law passed away unexpectedly.
And I am writing about celebration?
Hmmm...did I know what was coming when I told you that this series would not be all about happy-happy-happy?
Not at all.
But do I still believe that "happy" is not the focus of celebration?
I really do.
(v.) to mark a notable occasion with gratitude and rejoicing
(synonyms: commemorate, observe, mark, keep, honor, memorialize)
We commemorate the significance of a life.
We allow our hearts to be grateful for His gifts. All of them.
We pray for those who are struggling, hurting, grieving.
We pray that His will be done. We pray that those who don't know Him are drawn to Him, and that those who do know Him are drawn nearer.
We celebrate His mercy and His goodness in our lives.
This is Day 15 in the series CeLeBRaTe!! Click ~here~ to see more.