Monthly Archives: December 2011

Throw a party

God mandated that Israel celebrate as a nation at least three times a year with a national party. They called them Feasts. But they were just big parties; lots of eating, drinking, singing, dancing, telling stories to each other and celebrating God, family and friends. Continue reading

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Celebration

Richard Foster, in his classic Celebration of Discipline, has an entire chapter dedicated to the spiritual practice of Celebration. He begins, “Celebration is at the heart of the way of Christ.” I could not agree more. The Scriptures give us … Continue reading

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Celebrating God in our play

Have you ever reflected on the fact that our play is an act of celebration to God? Play in and of itself is an act of freedom, vulnerability, creativity and joy. The opposite is also true. We cannot play if we are in bondage, guarded, exhausted and sad. Continue reading

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Cultivating Gratitude

Gratefulness also cultivates a visceral experience of having enough. When we are mindful of what we have, and give thanks for the many gifts we have overlooked or forgotten, our sense of sufficiency increases. Practice thanksgiving before meals, upon rising, and when going to sleep. Friends, family, food, color, fragrance, the earth, life itself—these are all gifts, perfectly gratuitous. How can we not give thanks and celebrate? Continue reading

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