The joy of the Lord
It's all age worship this Sunday with breakfast at 9. As Nehemiah says, the best way to celebrate a sacred day is with food, drink and rejoicing.
Sunday is special to us because it is the day of resurrection. Jesus rose from the dead and we make a big deal of it.
The Levites tell the people to be still, but they don't mean 'be quiet.' They mean stop weeping, calm down. Stop mourning all that is wrong and start celebrating all that is right.
Sometimes we need help to see the celebration. We can feel lost, lonely or guilty. Church, at its best, provides a place where can refocus on our great God and be amazed at all he has done. We hear God's word once more and it energises us.
So this Sunday: the joy of the Lord is our strength. Sometimes it's just right to party.
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