Anxious hearts are very heavy, but a word of encouragement does wonders!
Proverbs 12:25 (Living Bible)
Some of my readers may recall that today, March 1, is a holiday. You won’t find it anywhere but on this blog, but rest assured, today is a holiday. Last year I deemed it Affirmation Day. March I is a holiday just because I want it to be. It has, for many years, been my own unofficial start of Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. We need the refreshment of Spring, and I decided that I would simply move it up a few weeks to March 1.
In past years, baseball players would be in Spring Training sites around Florida and Arizona. That really helped me to get into the excitement of anticipation of warm weather and baseball. Since the owners and players in Major League Baseball have decided to rain on that parade this year, so much the more reason to call March 1 a holiday- Affirmation Day.
So, I am reprinting last year’s March 1 blog to explain the holiday. Please enjoy the holiday as you read the reprint of my March 1, 2021 blog…
Today, March 1, is my first day of Spring. In honor of that, I decided that today should be a holiday of sorts, so I have named it Affirmation Day. Today, to celebrate this wonderful holiday, every person is to specifically affirm or encourage someone that they know, be it family or friend, coworker or acquaintance. The celebration of this day is not complete unless one has sent a text, called, emailed, or in some other way communicated a message of appreciation and encouragement to another person.
I think today is the right day for this because, in his creation, God has reaffirmed to us that another season is coming- a season long awaited and much needed this year. Ancient traditions had festivals to celebrate the end of the season of death (Winter) and the start of the season of new life (Spring). So, isn’t this holiday just the natural evolution of such past celebrations? I say it is.
So, Happy Affirmation Day. Spread the word!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the reminders of new life springing up around us!