Holy Days

Greetings to you.

It is the height of the holiday season and I write at a time when neighbours and church members are either returning from holiday or preparing to go on one.  They may be family holidays at coastal resorts.  Alternatively, they may be cultural holidays to places of historic significance and/or different culture. Or they may be cruises around the Mediterranean or Caribbean islands.  Whatever our preference, most of us enjoy that time away.

The word holiday derives from the Old English word halidaeg, meaning ‘holy day’.  That makes a lot of sense when we think about it.  Historically, people stopped work to celebrate ‘holy days’ in the Christian cycle of celebration, notably Christmas, Easter and Pentecost (Whitsuntide) – a pattern that continues.  A time to worship, pray and party!

It is not many decades ago that Sunday was a holiday, a ‘holy day’, when just about everything stopped and church attendance or Sunday School was the norm for most people.  The nature of Sunday has changed enormously today.  Many have to work, many have to shop and many have to find some time to see a dispersed family.  But we all benefit from a break from work, a holiday, a ‘holy day’.  A time to rest and be refreshed and renewed physically, emotionally and spiritually; a time of re-creation, recreation.  That is the meaning of Sabbath; making a day of the week given to a holy day.

May you have happy ‘holy days’.

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