Do you have a holiday booked for 2021 or are you still a little fearful of what may lie ahead?
I thought it might be interesting to explore the meaning of a holiday. What does this word mean to you? Is it just have the opportunity to be away from work? Are you looking forward to being next to the sea? Do you enjoy sitting in the sun? Maybe it is the time to meet with family or close friends and enjoy some company. Travelling abroad is also something that many of us have missed because of the current Covid restrictions.
Previously a holiday signified a ‘holy day’ giving believers time to celebrate or commemorate, presenting an opportunity to reflect and remember, this could be a single day or even week long festivals and it is from this that we pick up our tradition of ‘holiday.’
In the U.K. Sunday used to be a special day, ‘ the day of rest’ , a holy day (holiday) , society refrained from week day activities and attended church. Many Christian believers still use this day to remember particularly the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and participate in a memorial service, eating a small piece of bread and drinking a sip of wine as instructed by their Lord.
Matthew ch 26 v 26 “Take eat”
and v 27 “Drink from it, all of you”
Then again in 1 Corinthians ch 11v 26 “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till he comes”.