A few days after the completion of the wall, Ezra read the book of Moses to the people. From first light til midday, he read. And the people were moved to tears.
There was much weeping, but they were told to feast, not fast. The very next observance was to be the Feast of Tabernacles. While the people were in exile, the feasts and fasts decreed by God in the book of Leviticus had been largely uncelebrated. So now that they were resettled in Jerusalem and the surrounding countryside, they began with the Feast of Tabernacles - which was the harvest feast, Sukkot.
Our God wants us to remember. We need to remember our shortcomings - and the fact that the blood of Jesus has washed away our sins. We need to remember God's faithfulness to us, even when we've been unfaithful to Him. We need to remember Who He Is and who we are.
These special times of remembering help us to teach our children who God is and what He has done for us. We remember times of joy and times when God has helped us through major difficulties.
How do we remember and celebrate God?
Keep us ever mindful of You and the many blessings You have bestowed upon us. Help us to remember and to teach all those who would hear.
In Jesus' most precious name.