“Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength’” (Nehemiah 8:10).
We celebrate at the New Year. We are joyful because of the good things the Lord did over the past year: preparing, building, strengthening. We met new friends, started new seasons, and have seen the Lord add to our number those that choose to follow him fully. Let’s continue to celebrate God’s holiness by enjoying food, but also sending “some to those who have nothing prepared.” God’s strength will provide in return if we are joyful.
By Mollie Bond