How did the older son know his prodigal brother had come home? He heard the sound of music and dancing.
Where does the Bible tell us Jesus did his first miracle? At a wedding reception.
I used to work with a colleague who would, as the saying goes, celebrate the opening of an envelope. There is so much bad news in the world, he used to say, that we should celebrate the good.
If we had a big project he would divide it up into sections and mark the achievement of each part.
He liked to party.
It is funny how we celebrate numbers ending with 0 or 5 with special enthusiasm. So we have a silver wedding anniversary and then ignore 26-29. 49th and 51st birthdays are similarly unpopular. You don't get a memento for being in a job 19 years.
I've always felt that we mark some strange things with a party. The greatest gathering of all my friends in history will be after my funeral. Hmm.
I have to admit I didn't know about the Therapy Bell - a bell in the children's cancer ward at Bristol Children's Hospital which is rung by patients when they no longer require treatment. But it felt to me that it is a lovely thing to do. It is simple, momentous and appropriate. Bells also help us to remember that not everyone gets through cancer treatment.
It is good to mark that there is a tomorrow when previously there wasn't. And important for all of us to resolve that when the shadow of death falls across the lives of others we must not waste any of the precious time we still enjoy.
Have a happy Monday everybody.