Welcome back to Blogging Through the Alphabet! We took a bit of a break for Christmas and New Year, and here we are, ready to go!
This week, H is for Holidays. Because as soon as it seems like I finish one, another is around the corner. There is a rhythm, especially if your faith tradition uses a liturgical calendar. For the first time, we’re in one that does. And it’s exciting! But it’s also exhausting. I feel like I’m jumping from one holiday to the next, one fast, one feast, it’s always one more. Some days, I just want to jump off this ride and catch my breath!!
It’s times like that that I need to step back and remember. First of all, the holy days are not about me. The fasts are a time of reflection and remembrance. They’re when we stop and ponder. We wonder, and we give thanks. The fasts aren’t about me.
The feasts aren’t about me, either. They celebrate the holiness and awesomeness of God. They celebrate what He has given us, through His people, through His church, through all of His blessings. They celebrate our new lives with Him, in communion with Him. The feasts aren’t about me.
When I get caught up in rushing from one holy day to the next, which is so easy to do, coming out of the Nativity season, and heading very shortly into Lent, I need to step back and remember… These were designed to bring me closer to Him. They were given to me, a wonderful gift, to enrich and deepen my life in Him. It’s not about decorations and special foods (although, those can brighten a holy day). It’s about the sacredness, the mystery, and the One who is behind it all.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and may God bless you in the New Year.
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