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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Celebration of Life

Updated on March 20, 2016

Party Time

Kids love parties
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Celebrations

Did you know that some people do not celebrate birthdays? Can you imagine not celebrating a 4 year old’s birthday. I must admit this is just what I have heard. I have never been invited over to a house of a 4 year old on their birthday where they did not have some kind of party. But really I have heard of such things. Something about it being sacrilege to celebrate a human’s condition in life. If the focus is on the child and occasion then it is not on God. Interesting stuff but a little strange to this person’s ear and eyes.

We really say this in response to such concepts: Philippians 4:8King James Version (KJV) 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (hey that is provided by Bible Gateway and they have formatted so the quotes are easier to cut and paste – good for them)

How could a child’s birthday not be true, honest, just, pure, lovely and good? The growth of a life loved. This should be celebrated. Because of my “at home” daily routine I have become the purveyor of celebrations and special occasions. I paid no attention to them before but now it is my “job” to cover them. No thank you. But I had to get passed that or let the celebrations of life pass me by. Bah Humbug! But sometimes you have to put your preferences aside and sometimes that means stepping out of your comfort zone. Celebrations of life have that quality. I could not miss the wonderment of gatherings and arts and crafts and planning that goes into events. Not even to mention the glorious food.

Evening calm

Celebrate the close of the day.
Celebrate the close of the day. | Source

A real celebration song

Time and date don't really matter.

Hey let us step back a second and pay some attention to the big picture. Did you know that Christmas is celebrated on a date that is just really traditional and convenient? Sure nobody for sure knows what day Jesus was born. But we picked a day and celebrate on that day. And it is good. Have you ever thought about the United States Independence day? Wouldn’t the better day be the day we defeated our foe? But who can really pinpoint that date. So we settled on July 4th. Some paperwork was mostly done on that day. Thanksgiving day as celebrated is really a little late. Harvests come in in early October in that area. And wouldn’t we just as soon celebrate thanksgiving when we made it through the winter? In late November you still do not know if your stores will see you through.

Totally neither here nor there. But all just to point out that we really do not celebrate a given hour or day for particular reason. We celebrate the life. And we pick our portions of that life. And we make them special days. This is what I dub as the celebration of life.

This I know to be true by personal experience. Some people take the celebration of special occasions and they destroy them. They become so obsessed with the perfection of the “event” that they actually get physically ill and destroy the moment for others in the process. “We are celebrating the birth or our child but the cake is not just right so I am unhappy”. Wow that is twisted but common. So either we are celebrating or we are showing off. Don’t neglect to know the difference.

We look at celebration as the celebration of life. Have you ever been to a 50 year wedding anniversary – that is just the greatest? Have you ever been to a really fun wake? Those babies are celebrations of life. There is something about a 1 year old’s birthday party that can go either way. Of course the baby does not get the celebration, so why do you have one. Is it as it should be, a celebration of the life of an infant you brought into this world? Or is it your excuse to throw a party and have it as the best party?

To this day I celebrate a “chosen day”. That is the day picked for me to celebrate being adopted. It is not the day I was adopted or my birthday – just the day they brought me home from the hospital. There is no tradition that goes into this day as it is not a traditional celebration. So we are free just to have fun and celebrate.

This is an event worth celebrating.

Clap your hands and celebrate!
Clap your hands and celebrate! | Source

You just got to love these celebration outfits!

Every day celebration

Wow that sure was a roundabout way for me to get to the idea. But it is important for us to take a look at what we call celebrations. There is an event or the anniversary of an event and we plan and anticipate it and do something special. I think that is really cool. But wait just a second here. Today I got up breathing and reasonably healthy to the sights of a new day about to dawn. My family was safe and healthy. There was no crisis to face and overcome. There is good labor to be had for my family’s subsistence. And our faith is sound and alive. Now just tell me what is not to celebrate about that?

You are smarter than I am so you can already see where we are headed. What right do we have not to celebrate each day – shoot, minute for that matter. Are we really caught up in the mish mash meshuga that we cannot stop and give a big celebration of the day to day life we get to live? Sure breathing and walking around seems like no big deal, until you cannot breathe and walk around. Then it would be something special to celebrate. Are we that jaded with the sweetness of our lives?

One time I was so sick that I had trouble getting up and making a lap around the outside of the house. I would rest part way several times. Yet today I bemoan going to the gym to exercise. I have fallen in appreciation and celebration for life. What am I missing that my memory is so short? The son falls off the bike and skins himself up and we fret over the scrapes rather than rejoice in his pushing it until he gets better. The job is stressful so we bemoan that fact rather than celebrate the paycheck. The sermon did not touch us just right so we complain rather than celebrate the fact that we are free to worship together.

As for me I write a sermon and wring my hands worrying that it is good enough. Yet I fail to celebrate the fact that I am free to write and given the talent to do so. Maybe just maybe there is someone special in your life. Perhaps you take them for granted and fail to celebrate each day that you have them in your life.

Admittedly some days I get up for my prayers, reading and meditation. And I just do it. I fail to celebrate being able to do it. Please do not let this happen to you. Grab each day and celebrate the parts of that day and the blessings you have today. I cannot speak for you but I am awful darned happy to be alive today and that is worth a celebration.

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Amen, on that one, Dear Eric! Of course that little precious life should be celebrated on his birthday and every other day!

      Guess what? We are celebrating my oldest granddaughter's eighth birthday today, and it is going to be a grand celebration. I praise God for her and all my grandchildren and children.

      Yes, celebrate life and each other each and every day.

      God bless you and your precious family. I celebrate all of you.

      Peace and blessings

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      Shaloo Walia 16 months ago

      My Guru says that "Life is a celebration.Life is nothing to be very serious about. Life is a ball in your hands to play with. Don’t hold on to the ball."

      A very thought-provoking hub!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 16 months ago from Southern Illinois

      We celebrated Palm Sunday at church today. It made Christ's life more special to me before his crucifixion. Your sermon is a reminder to celebrate each day and be happy for all the things we take for granted. Thank you.

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      Clive Williams 16 months ago from Nibiru

      Life is worthy of acknowledgement, but not all life is worth celebrating. what i would celebrate though is the lifeless bodies of child molesters, rapist, governments who keep their people poor but their armies rich, racist and all other dumb piece of crap that was stuck to an umbilical cord.

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby we have an abundance of palms here and so the church was really looking good for service today. The triumphant King's entry. We are also celebrating a Saturday of nothing but play. Thank you for coming by.

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith you really do have a special day. 8 is great. We have both the time to and the inclination to celebrate around here. Life is good!

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shaloo, which just had a similar lesson around here. When you are playing ball with someone don't hold on to the ball or it ruins the game. Life is definitely meant to be played. It is good to hear from you.

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive I get where you are coming from. The defeat of something or someone evil is to be celebrated and sought after. Not all of life is good, so when we find it we must celebrate it no matter how small.

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      Bill Holland 16 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My best friend from high school and college, the brother I never had, was just diagnosed with Stage Four bone cancer......he is quite busy celebrating life right now. It puts things in perspective real fast when you are told time is short. :)

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      Linda Lum 16 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, what a wonderful sermon for today. Knowing what our Jesus had on this day, the celebration, the honor...and then what befell him just five days later. You are right--every day is worthy of celebration. Being alive is worthy of celebration. Don't let the destination rob you of enjoying the journey. Love every moment. And love those in your life every moment.

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I remember oh so well being diagnosed with stage 4. Hope is not lost somehow but our days become more vivid and glorious. Do no suffer these days with your friend but celebrate them. My heart goes out to you. I am so sorry. Please send me his name so I may pray accordingly. Be yourself and show him and share with him your love of life. It is contagious.

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I reckon Linda that we have a choice. Not me, but the collective we. We can celebrate the day and what it brings or we can not honor our savior. Palm Sunday is a day of celebration. We must raise up each other and ourselves and give light. You do that in your life. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 16 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Everyday needs a good moment.

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yes it does Devika, thank you for coming by and leaving a note.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 16 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I like celebrations and I like your ideas about them. I celebrate my birthday on the first Saturday of April every year, so you know I've got a celebration coming up. I cannot think of a better way than celebration to express gratitude.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 16 months ago from Philippines

      life would be so much less than what it is if we didn't celebrate special occasions. They leave behind memories of people who are thankful that you were born, and thankful for one another.

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora you are so right. Around here we always do some prayers of gratitude. You know as I think about it, our church experience is a celebration also.

      Thank you

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mona, with our Vietnamese heritage we also celebrate what can best be described as death anniversaries. A day of remembrance of close ancestors who have passed. It is a nice celebration that brings our family closer together in gratefulness.

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      Ruby 16 months ago from United States

      Love your commentary and articles around here Eric, have a great one!

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for lifting me up. I needed that. E.

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      Ruby 16 months ago from United States

      We all do sometimes, some more often than others like in my case lol.

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We have it made to have both. Yahoo!

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      Mel Carriere 16 months ago from San Diego California

      I celebrate reading your lovely, inspirational words, and celebrate your freedom to write them. Have a great what's left of the morning over there in the Sprung Valley. Great sermon!

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks buddy were are celebrating Good Friday around here today doing nothing and loving it.

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      Lawrence Hebb 15 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Wonderful thoughts here. We tend to be pretty 'low key' with our celebrations.

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence -- a party to me is two or more gathered to have fun. I kind of do fun. My wife, poor thing, she likes serious. But if I am gardening it is not serious but a reason to celebrate the plants. Life is good and I hope you had a celebration for Easter.

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      Ruby 15 months ago from United States

      Haha sounds like a fun house you got Eric and Lawrence I feel ya but sometimes low key is a lot closer to the family right?

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      Frank Atanacio 15 months ago from Shelton

      your words Eric do have that evening calm... a wonderful share and yet I still find all your sermons refreshing and relaxing ...:) Frank

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Rob, for sure some times the easy quiet celebrations are the best.

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      Eric Dierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Frank for your unwavering support for my writing. It is much appreciated.

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