Why the party hat?
In this space the party hat is a symbol of our persistent joy in Christ above, through and around all things. The party hat is also a reminder that our enjoyment of the life-gifts from the Father are to be enjoyed among friends, family, strangers and those in need. We were not designed to live in isolation or to live as though in a bubble. The giveness of life, of divine restoration, of hope-filled anticipation toward the end is a sweetness that increases when shared.
The text quoted in the header is from the Parable of Two Lost Son which Jesus told along with two other fictional tales about lost things. The father’s joy at the return of his lost younger son is not shared by the lost elder son. Still the father is not hesitant to let his joy overflow – “we had to celebrate and rejoice” (Luke 15) – to all within his reach.
Too often religious people are inclined to bludgeon the truth onto a wayward culture. We should indeed stand for the right and oppose the wrong, but we should remember that harsh words are too small to contain the joys of Christ. Grace flows out of the great joy of being in Yahweh truine. Gratitude flows out of grace. Generosity flows out of gratitude.
From source to celebration the way of grace is pressing the joy of the triune God into the broken shell of this cosmos. In every place and in every life the Gospel compels us to celebrate grace – again and again and again.
’cause the party isn’t over.