Trending Faith: Does the Bible Provide Guidance to Enjoy the Holidays?

bible and holly By Allison Richmond Posted on December 18, 2017  in  [ Theology & Ministry ]

Does the Bible provide guidance to enjoy the holidays? In this episode of Trending Faith, Dr. Jason Hiles, dean of the College of Theology, and Dr. Tim Griffin, university pastor and dean of students, discuss what the Bible says about the holidays and how we, as Christians, can rest in God’s peace in the midst of the busy holiday season.

Dr. Hiles begins by recognizing the many holidays mentioned throughout the Bible. He says that God created these holidays in order for His people to slow down, break out of the everyday routine and enjoy Him! Dr. Hiles points out that we rarely approach the holiday season with this mentality. In fact, we often see Thanksgiving, a holiday dedicated for gratitude, as a chore where we feel forced into thinking of things for which we are to be thankful.

He goes on to share a verse from Philippians 4, where Paul told those who were stressed, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Dr. Hiles indicates the importance of doing just as Paul suggests – thanking God and finding rest and peace in the one who can and will care for our needs!

Dr. Hiles also mentions Christmas and how it can be used as a time to refocus our lives on Christ, rather than being overwhelmed by the natural stress of the season. He reminds us that Christmas is meant as a time of remembrance and recognition that the “Creator entered creation in order to reset everything that’s messy.”

Finally, Dr. Griffin ends the discussion by sharing how much a grateful heart can shift our view of the holidays and change the theme of the whole season. This message is so important this holiday season as we get busier! Take a breath and remember the true reason for the season.

Watch the video below to hear the full discussion:

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Written by Allison Richmond, a professional writing major at GCU.

Allison Richmond

Allison Richmond

Professional Writing Major ’19, Copywriter for GCU Blogs
Allison Richmond is an Arizona native and a junior at Grand Canyon University. She is currently earning her Bachelor of Science in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing with a minor in marketing.
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