We do a lot of celebrating in our family. In addition to holy days like Christmas and Easter and Pentecost, and the major holidays like Memorial day and the 4th of July, we have the family celebrations …. anniversaries of birthdays, weddings, baptisms, along with graduations, first communions, confirmations, etc.
Add all this together and then factor in that we have about 60 people in our immediate family (10 children, 9 spouses, 40 grandchildren) … wow we have a lot of celebrations. Even without the holy days and holidays, we average one celebration every 3 days. Yikes.
Part of the challenge of celebrating is figuring out how to celebrate… food, dinner, gifts. Certain celebrations are weightier than others … a 25th or 50th birthday or anniversary.
Well, this is an especially busy time to celebrate. One of our grandsons recently made his confirmation, so we combined his 14th birthday and confirmation and decided to take him out to breakfast … wow we’re talking eggs, pancakes, bacon, toast…plenty of syrup and butter…. a very nice moment. Tonight we invited another grandson to dinner, who is celebrating the anniversary of his baptism. First he is making sweet rolls with his grandmother (he likes to cook), then a nice dinner, and then a game of cards. (he like to play cards). It should be a good time to spend with him.
All of us should get used to celebrating because we’re going to be doing a lot of celebrating in heaven… the best food and wine…the banquet of the Lord.
Jesus reminds us, …” I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.’ After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among you. 18For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ (Luke 22:16-18)
Wow, that is going to be the greatest of moments, celebrating with the Lord and our loved ones in heaven one day…the best of food and wine and fellowship with the saints, and no more sin and sorrow and tears and anxiety. Let’s get ready.