This is a big week for our family for religious holidays. First this week was Purim. For those of you who don’t know, this is the celebration from Esther. Why celebrate Purim. First, it is a great illustration of God using people to do His work, shown through Esther saving the Jews. Secondly, it is commanded. This is from the NIV
28 These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never cease to be celebrated by the Jews, nor should the memory of them die out among their descendants.
This year I informed the NerdBug that Haman didn’t merely want to send the Jews to this Island of Perpetually Tickling like on the VeggieTales – Esther, The Girl Who Became Queen. In the future we will brooch why the previous Queen was kicked out(and no, it isn’t because she wouldn’t make the King a sandwich;).
The second holiday was Saint Patrick’s Day. One reason to celebrate is our Irish heritage (this is obviously not the Cromwell side;). That is the fun reason but not the real reason. The real reason is that in spite of being kidnapped by them, Saint Patrick returned to Ireland(after escaping Ireland) to spread Christ to the “savage Irish”. This is a lesson we all should carry in our hearts. The love of Christ that we extend to others is not dependent on their treatment of us. I did read an article by Bridget Johnson about how this holiday has moved out of the church and into the bar. I urge us all to keep this holiday in our churches and our homes. Things like the shamrock are not really about being Irish but a representation of the Trinity.
All said, between Hamentashen(a cookie) and the corned beef that is waiting to be cooked, this is been week about celebration, remembrance and yummy food in the NerdFamily house!