Holiday – Holy Day

Thought Leaders Series: 2018

The artist popularly known as Madonna released a hit single in 1983, entitled Holiday. Like all magical stories, Holiday had been turned down by singers Phyllis Hyman and Mary Wilson, formerly of The Supremes. In similar vein with the vision of the Olympics and FIFA World Cup, this song calls for a global Holiday.

Written by Curtis Hudson and Lisa Stevens of Pure Energy, the track was presented to Madonna by her producer John “Jellybean” Benitez, during their search for a potential hit track to include in her debut album.

Interestingly the word Holiday actually emerged from the concept of a Holy Day. In Judaism it is a sabbath, a day of abstinence, worship, and rest from all form of toil and exertion.

In Judaism we also have the sabbath week, and the sabbath year (also known as The Year of Jubilee). It was meant to be observed on the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle for the Land of Israel.

As well as leaving the land to replenish, by the end of the year all debts (sadly, like usury and other concepts around social justice, the debts of foreigners was not included) were cancelled, and slaves are set free. In fact, Jeremiah will blame the Exile on the lack of observance of The Jubilee.

To this end scholars argue that the main reason why it was never observed was because of the greed of the ruling elites. They did not want debts cancelled, slaves set free, or a year long holiday for workers.

Once every four years, the FIFA World Cup affords us the opportunity to just relax and enjoy twenty two men chase a leather ball for 90mins.

When was the last time you just relaxed and played? This could take the shape of watching a movie, listening to music, hanging out with friends.

As well as work, play is an important part of being human. Some of the most innovative ideas were conceived through play. In the words of Madonna:

Let love shine

And we will find

A way to come together

Can make things better

We need a holiday

To a great week!

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This Sunday at Healingsprings fellowship

From Order to Chaos

The love and affection shown to Moses by the royal household in Egypt was not strong enough to lure him away from his roots. All the wealth and influence he accrued could not take his heart away from the pain and suffering of his people. In fact, he willingly exchanged it for the freedom of his people.

At a time when some of the Israelites had settled and prospered in Exile, the Elders were careful in crafting this story in their bid to galvanise the people for the purposes of nation building.

The story of Moses will not only serve their era, it becomes a template as they struggled for survival amidst the geopolitical tensions of their world.

Instead of individualism, they preached collectivism. They encoded this idea not just in the Text, but in the psyche of the people.

It will later manifest in the messianic concept, embodied in the leader that sacrifices all, even in the face of death. Not one who amasses wealth to themselves, but the one who is a channel of blessings towards the people. One who will fight for their cause and welfare.

The legend of Moses becomes increasingly important in an era of greed and materialism. It is a struggle against oppression and socioeconomic injustices. A struggle for progress and prosperity here on earth, and not just in the world to come. It brings God’s kingdom and his will here on earth, as it is in heaven.

The Elders were careful in articulating this all important point – never neglect your own, especially when you have the means or influence to enhance their quality of life.

Join us as we draw inspiration from Exodus.

Join us at 3pm for From Order to Chaos: a study on Exodus

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From Gilgal to Jericho: from aid dependency to self-sufficiency (Joshua 5:9-12)

Thought Leaders Series: 2018

The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away from you the disgrace of Egypt.” And so that place is called Gilgal [shame or reproach] to this day.

While the Israelites were camped in Gilgal they kept the passover in the evening on the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho. On the day after the passover, on that very day, they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land, and the Israelites no longer had manna; they ate the crops of the land of Canaan that year.

After providing a metaphysical and physical origin for their audiences, the Elders moved again to re-shape the minds of the people.

This time to teach the need for self-sufficiency, and not sole dependency on the metaphysical for their livelihood. In fact they taught the people that dependency on the supernatural for their livelihood was in fact shameful.

Therefore, I declare that you are an asset and not a liability to this generation. As such you understand and you are able to harness your full potential as a human being in the 21st century. Not only this century, you are laying foundations for the future.

You are not a mediocre, rather, you are intentional, purposeful, creative, intelligent, kind, and wise. You are a catalyst, a reformer, a leader, an influencer and change maker.

But most of all, you have moral vision. You are independent, self sufficient and not aid dependent.

In other words, you do not rely, depend, or need provision, permission, or approval from anyone, systems, or institutions to deploy your skills and talent for the good of humanity.

Doors are opened, your words, mind and hands are blessed.

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