Holidays and special occasions are great opportunities to see the glory of God and the good of those to whom He’s sent us. Throughout the Old Testament God commanded His people to pause several times a year, simply to feast and celebrate. Leviticus 23 shows that God instituted intentional celebration into the annual rhythm of His people.
And God’s people didn’t celebrate by themselves. They included those around them, even people with differnt beliefs. For example, Deuteronomy 16:14, “Be joyful at your festival—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.” Some of the best chances for mission involve inviting our mission field into our special occasions and joining theirs.