Cause for celebration

January 14, 2019 at 6:00 AM

mexico-children.jpgChildren from at Vida en Abundancia de Mexico show how they can get a little goofy around a camera.  (File photo)

Cause for Celebration

By Dan Breen  Dan short 3.jpg

Now that you’ve thrown out your 2018 calendars, the holiday season is officially over. Or is it? Americans can find any excuse to celebrate. I recently came across a website that dutifully keeps track of some of the more obscure holidays (if you want to call them that) celebrated in the United States.

I’m unclear of the extent of paperwork required to file a new “holiday” to this list, but it can’t be too rigorous. Take down a pen and jot down some of these can’t-miss dates for your winter calendar. Remember, these are real holidays. No fake news here. Plan your celebrations accordingly.

  • Jan. 21: Squirrel Appreciation Day. (We honor the lives of the brave rodents who give us heart attacks when they dart out in front of our cars.)
  • Jan. 28: Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. (If that’s not strange enough, it’s also National Kazoo Day.)
  • Feb. 8: Kite Flying Day. (A wisely chosen date for anyone flying a kite in the northern U.S.)
  • Feb. 9: Toothache Day. (Not to be confused with National Tooth Fairy Day, which is Feb. 28.)
  • Feb. 24: National Tortilla Chip Day. (I’d push for this to have a permanent spot on Super Bowl Sunday.)
  • Feb. 28: Public Sleeping Day. (On a park bench; at the beach; on the city bus. Sleep publicly, people!)

Life brings us many occasions for celebration. With respect to the list above, some occasions are more revered than others. The greatest celebration we experience at the Luke Society is when people surrender their lives to Christ. In Jesus’ parable of the lost coin in Luke 15, he tells the crowd gathered, “there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (v. 10).

Most of our ministry directors track and report the number of lives given to Christ. And while only our Triune God knows which names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, if we’re to put stock in the numbers reported the last two years, it’s truly staggering. Nearly 2,500 lives have been given to Christ because of Luke Society ministry activities since the beginning of 2017. If you back that up another five years, the number exceeds 6,500!

Can you imagine what kind of celebration is going on in heaven? Kazoos and tortilla chips galore.

If you focus too much on the Luke Society’s commitment to physical healing, you’ll miss out on the real reason this ministry exists. An earthly impact is temporary; the heavenly impact is forever.

We give all praise and glory to God for our new brothers and sisters in the faith. But we would be remiss if we failed mention the tools the Holy Spirit uses on earth to produce such a harvest. Our directors might not be in the position to have a heavenly impact without the Luke Society. And the Luke Society could not exist without your support.

As we enter a new year, we celebrate with you the lives you have helped to bring to Christ. We pray that the Holy Spirit will allow us to continue serving as his tools for extending the Gospel even further in 2019.  

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