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Holidays

By shaunefc, Aug 1 2012 12:35PM

Ever since schooling for all became the norm and whole families were involved in getting in the harvest, August became the main “holiday” month – even if, for most families, those holidays were taken at “Stop-at-home”!


I don’t know what your idea of a perfect holiday venue is. Many families, possibly for the sake of the children, find somewhere to stay where there is a beach with plenty of sand and opportunities to swim. As we get older such criterion become less of a necessity and inland holidays are often more highly favoured.


Most folk are aware that our word “holiday” comes from the phrase “holy day” and whether we are at home or away each and every day of the year should be a holy day, spent in the presence of God! And that doesn’t mean Sundays only – although, sadly, for so many, these days even Sunday has lost it’s “holy-ness” and the idea that it is spent in worship of our triune Godhead!


There are many passages in the Scriptures which remind us about putting God first – and not only on Sundays – and part of a verse from Leviticus chapter 20 has been placed above the words of a hymn by W D Longstaff in the Golden Hymnal. The words from the Bible come from verse 7:

“Be holy, for I am the Lord your God.”


And the hymn is:

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord,

abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.

Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak;

forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.


Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;

spend much time in secret with Jesus alone.

By looking to Jesus like Him thou shalt be;

thy friends, in thy conduct, His likeness shall see.


Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;

and run not before Him whatever betide:

in joy or in sorrow still follow thy Lord,

and, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.


Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul;

each thought and each temper beneath His control.

Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,

thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.



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