Posts Tagged ‘celebrate’

This last Friday was a day of celebration. In America we make big spectacles out of birthdays. We focus on the progression of ones age and expected maturity. It was a good birthday as well. I got a few shirts, got a movie, a new wallet and had ribs. One of my favorite foods. It was one of the best birthdays in recent years.

This caused me to ponder an idea. To re-look an area of focus we have. Today is another special day. It’s a day I am learning to celebrate. A large part of me wonders why Christians don’t celebrate these days. I don’t want to sound cold and heartless because I’m not, most of the time. The day I’m talking about is an anniversary. A yearly occurrence of an event. Today marks the 3 year anniversary of my mother being reunited with Christ. As Christians, can we celebrate another Christian being alive with Christ?

My mom is a Christian (notice I did not say was.) She accepted Christ at a gas pump in my home town. “For the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 3:23a. This means that my mom is not dead though she died. She is alive and well. She’s running, praising and dancing. Knowing my mom she’s doing all this barefoot. Today is a celebration that she’s alive.

Today’s a celebration that she is no longer hurting. Revelations 21:4 says “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” My mom loved life on this earth, even through her illness and pain. Now that she’s alive in heaven she no longer has the pain, no more tears of hurt and is rejoicing every day with God the father and Jesus Christ. I can only imagine what her reactions would have been when she saw Jesus. Why wouldn’t I celebrate?

I choose to celebrate today.