Derived from ‘Holy day’, a day of spiritual significance. 

To the Jews the Passover is the most important celebration (observed during March or April), reminding them how they had been delivered from slavery in Egypt (Ex 12:1-20).  As with the other times of celebration (or feasts as they were often called) God instructed that there was to be a break from the normal routine of life.  In modern cultures too, various days that have either special religious or national significance are commemorated.  Some of these holidays are more compatible with Christianity than others. The celebrating of these public holidays is a matter of conscience aware that we are answerable to God for all we do and it should not distract from our Christian witness (Rom 14:4-6; Phil 2:15).

Holidays, from our paid employment are not to be viewed as opportunities to take time out from spiritual alertness and Godly disciplines – the devil is always on the prow,

waiting for our guard to drop so he can gain the advantage. Times to refocus the mind and for the body to be refreshed are beneficial.

The devil doesn’t take a break so                   don’t let your guard down

See also: feasts, refresh, relaxation.     

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