July 12, 2012

2 Samuel 6:18-19 After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, David blessed the people in the name of the Lord Almighty. Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.

Over the 4th of July weekend our neighborhood was filled with the noise and smells of people hosting cookouts and parties. I think because last year we were in the midst of the pandemic, this year people went all out with their celebrations. In the passage above David has just completed bringing the Ark of the Covenant (Yep, that’s the one in the Raiders of the Lost Ark) into his newly established capital of Jerusalem. David was thrilled by this and threw a grand party complete with lots of food. Even with all the difficulties of life, and they are very real, there is so much to celebrate. Is God part of those celebrations? Are our reasons to celebrate and our ability to do so a result of what God has given us? Are they a way we can bless others “in the name of the Lord Almighty?” What are you celebrating this summer and why are you celebrating it?

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