Two years ago today at 6:30 p.m. my mother took her last earthly breath and entered into the celestial presence of her Savior and Lord! My heart rejoices as she, my dad, my daughter and many, many other loved ones dwell in the land of heavenly, eternal sunshine!
Mom began playing the piano at the age of six. She listened to the radio broadcast of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour and learned the style of pianist Rudy Atwood. As a result, she played with the same gusto and passion as her unseen teacher on the radio until the last time she struck a chord in November 2012. Many, many Sundays, Dad would open their church services with the chorus, “Heavenly Sunshine.” I can hear it now. Here’s a link of the OFRH Choir and Rudy Atwood playing the piano. Great memories. Great parents. To God be the glory!!
Yesterday was a special day—National Coffee Day!! Now’s that a sure celebration waiting to happen!! So as I poured my first cup, I celebrated as I added my always present favorite cream peppermint mocha and took a sip! Then I poured another cup into my UK Wildcats mug just as I had done before and celebrated once again! This same event happened a third and fourth time as the morning moved along.
To add happiness upon happiness, I received an email from my favorite coffee source, Dunkin Donuts, inviting me to stop by their store and enjoy a free cup of the new brew of dark roast! So, as I drove from one hospital visit to the next, a stop at DD caused another celebratory moment! Since I love coffee so much and drink it from morning until night, I celebrate all day!!
As I prepared one of my cups yesterday morning and took a picture of it for Facebook and Instagram, the thought occurred to me, “This thing of celebrating should be an every day event for the followers of Christ!” Yes, I really do love my coffee, and I love to celebrate, but genuine rejoicing and celebration is the grace gift of every believer in Christ! We should celebrate all day, every day, throughout the day, . . . just like drinking coffee!!
Why should we celebrate?
- We have been born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3).
- We have an inheritance reserved in heaven for us that is incorruptible, undefiled and will not fade away (1 Peter 1:4).
- Our salvation is secured by the power of God forever (1 Peter 1:5).
- We can rejoice in the midst of suffering (1 Peter 1:6-9).
- We can rejoice that trials have a “shelf-life” (1 Peter 1:6).
- The character of our faith in trials will one day testify of Christ (1 Peter 1:7).
- The more we know of Christ and abide in Him, the more we have to celebrate and be joyful (1 Peter 1:8).
- We can enjoy our salvation today (1 Peter 1:9).
- God’s Word is eternal (1 Peter 1:25)
I have just mentioned a very few reasons to celebrate! So, if you are a born again believer, a true follower of Jesus Christ, today is a day of celebration of all we have in Christ for time and eternity! So, take a drink of coffee and celebrate!