News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 22, 2012

The Joy Lady: Each and every day is National Rejoice in the Lord Day

Verna Davis
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — We have grand National Days — like Independence Day celebrated with fireworks and food and Thanksgiving Day celebrated with football and way too much food. We have special National Days—like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, President’s Day, etc. We even set aside days to celebrate trees (Arbor Day), the planet (Earth Day), changing seasons (Groundhog Day), and our Stars and Stripes (Flag Day).

We also have other types of “special” days. Days with unique purposes and very unique celebrations. For instance, did you know that Jan. 10 is also National Laughing Day? However, I doubt there is much laughter on Feb. 9, National Toothache day. YUCK!

National Pretzel Day is April 26. Sorry I missed that, for I do love a hot, soft pretzel smothered in cheese, even if it might hasten my “celebration” of National Toothache Day. May 4 is National Star Wars. May the Force be with you. Just this week, most of us missed that Sept. 19 is National Talk Like a Pirate Day. I missed a great opportunity to greet everyone with an “Ahoy, Matey!”

But, thankfully, I found out just in time to share with all of you that today, Sept. 22 is a special day. Yep. We can begin celebrating. Get out the banners, spread the news, “pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and everyone go” to the nearest…well…um

…elephant. That’s right folks, today is National Elephant Day.

I don’t know who started it, or even where and when it was started, but National Elephant Day is upon us. I read that in Florida there are National Elephant Day celebrations that include elephant painting—both painting an elephant and paintings by elephants. (What?) I wonder, are zoos in the know creating special elephant exhibits and shows? Are there baby elephant petting zoos cropping up in high-traffic tourist areas? Are ceramic elephants being offered at special prices in discount stores across the country? I wonder. Just how does one go about celebrating National Elephant Day?

I don’t know about all of that, but here’s one thing I do know. To a Christian, every day is a day to celebrate. No matter what circumstance we find ourselves in, each day contains joy for a Christian. Maybe not each day is a happy day, for happiness depends on our circumstances and not all circumstances are happy ones. But each day for a Christian contains joy.

For those of us whose citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), Psalm 118:19-24 has special meaning: “Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord … for You answered me; You have become my salvation … and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Folks, if that passage doesn’t light your fire, then your wood is plumb wet! Each and every day is National Rejoice in the Lord Day.

Let the celebrations begin!

Verna Davis, speaker and writer, maybe reached at