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Eid al-Fitr

Updated: Apr 25

Today many people across the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Regardless of ones belief system, we are all able to witness a beautiful display of unity and devotion among those of Islamic faith. Today workplaces and schools experience a noticeable absence as Muslims prioritize gathering with their community to commemorate the end of Ramadan and to enjoy a feast. The mosques overflow with worshippers, regardless of their level of dedication throughout the year, which highlights a COLLECTIVE REVERENCE for this special occasion. I have always admired this about Eid, and Muslims. For many that I have spoken to, Ramadan and Eid are non-negotiables.

In contrast, within the Christian Community, such widespread unity and commitment to a single day of celebration seems elusive. While Christmas, Mothers Day and Easter show significant spikes in attendance in churches in the United States, the attendance does not echo the overflow of Muslim congregants during Eid. The divide is palpable, with many Christians opting out of regular church attendance, deeming it unnecessary for a relationship with Christ. For the Christian, it seems many celebrations, including Holy Week, are negotiable.

This disparity prompts reflection on the importance of communal devotion and the need for Christians to rekindle a sense of collective worship, celebration and reverence. Perhaps it is time for introspection within the Christian community to bridge this gap, fostering a culture where unity and faith are not confined just to certain holidays, but continue through out the year. Due to this disparity, much respect and admiration must be given to those of Islamic faith.

I challenge Christians to pray this or a similar prayer.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for an opportunity to worship you. Help me to reignite my passion to worship you. Strengthen me to come together with others to honor the sacrifice you've given us through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Daily guide me to develop unity in Christ that goes beyond special occasions. Give me power and courage to prioritize my relationship with Christ. Revive my spirit, renew my commitment, and restore unto me the joy of your salvation, that I may worship and praise your name.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

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