THEME: REJOICE IN THE LORD
“Be joyful at your festival—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns. For seven days celebrate the festival to the Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose. For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.”
-The first part of this chapter outlines the various feasts ordained by God and the regulations that govern the mode of celebration. The feast of Passover was celebrated in commemoration of the Israelites salvation from the Egyptian oppressors. The festival of weeks was a form of thanksgiving to the Lord as the Israelites offered a portion of their produce to the Lord. The feast of Tabernacles was also a way of thanking God for blessings that He bestows upon His people that their joy may be full. All these feasts were to be celebrated once a year at a place where the Lord chose. It was necessary that everyone would take part with their families, servants, foreigners and the less fortunate. It was forbidden that the Israelites should appear before the Lord empty-handed but each one should offer a portion of sacrifice according to God’s blessings. As Christmas approaches fast, let us remember to rejoice in the Lord and celebrate with our families, friends and the less fortunate in our society. It is in God’s design that we should celebrate with one another and dwell as brothers and sisters in unity. It is necessary to celebrate God’s faithfulness and give thanks to Him, despite the challenges that we might have gone through this year. Let us focus on the positive aspects of our lives and pray without ceasing for whatever we are trusting God for, for He is a faithful God. As we celebrate with one another let us not forget to offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord. God calls us to rejoice in Him always, for He is good and His love endures forever.
We give thanks to You Lord for You are good and Your love endures forever. We give thanks to You God of gods and Lord of lords for You are good and Your love endures forever. You alone have done great wonders; Your love endures forever. By Your understanding You have made the heavens and the earth; Your love endures forever. You have made the great lights; Your love endures forever. The sun to govern the day and the moon and stars to govern the night; Your love endures forever. You struck down the first born of Egypt and brought Israel from among them; Your love endures forever. Thank You Jehovah for this far that You have brought us; Your love endures forever. Thank You for this day that You have made; we rejoice and are glad in it. You have kept us alive this far; Your love endures forever. You have given us good health despite the corona virus pandemic; Your love endures forever. You have fed us and our families despite the challenges that have come with COVID-19; Your love endures forever. You have protected us and kept us safe; Your love endures forever. You have blessed us and increased us; Your love endures forever. Take away our fears and troubles for Your love endures forever. Take away our tears and pain for Your love endures forever. Provide a way of thanksgiving and rejoicing this Christmas for Your love endures forever. Make a way for the widows, widowers, orphans and the less fortunate for Your love endures forever. Heal all those who are sick and suffering for Your love endures forever. Uplift all those who are unemployed and unmarried for Your love endures forever. Make a way in our jobs, businesses, leadership, churches, schools and economy for Your love endures forever. Reconcile all families and friends that are not in good books for Your love endures forever. You are a God of second chances; Your love endures forever. You are a good God; Your love endures forever. You are a merciful Father; Your love endures forever. We give You all the glory and honor Jesus; Your love endures forever. Amen
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