(Originally written September 28th, 2013)
Brooke here! Just wanted to share some of our Sukkot experience with you guys! Every year the high holy days are just the most exciting times to us. We get all jittery and jumpy because...it's the highest times of holiness God gives us to celebrate! We get so excited because God Himself has extended ALL of His kids an invitation to join Him in these appointed times. All? ALL.
If you read Leviticus 23, the Lord says:
"Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'The LORD'S appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations - My appointed times are these...'"
The feasts are the Lord's. So, if you belong to God and have accepted the salvation of Yeshua, the feasts are yours! Jew and Gentile alike, we are equally invited and commanded to keep them (Numbers 15:16). So, it's not that we celebrate "Jewish" feasts, it's that we celebrate God's feasts! And He is in the business of uniting us...because there is so much power in that (Ephesians 4: 4-6). Isn't it fantastic that we have a God that wants us all to be in communion with Him? Hallelujah!
At our congregation, we had a week long camping event at a place called Dames Ferry Park which was absolutely fabulous. We started doing it last year and now it's a tradition. It feels so much like how it might have been in the times of the BIble. For us, Sukkot is always a tad bittersweet because we can't really camp because we have work and then we come straight from there to the campgrounds to continuing ministering in worship. We love it to death, but it can be very exhausting. When God uses you to pour out on others, it's hard to receive that for yourself. However, at the same time, there isn't a sacrifice more worthy than to bring His people into worship. And after all, God says to bring a sacrifice before Him at Sukkot...and this is ours. He always pours out on us during this time and He did this year. I think it was the best Sukkot we've had yet. Despite feeling spread thin, God allowed us to experience His joy so powerfully. It was fantastic! We were sad to see Sukkot go! I hope you all had a blessed time during this season, too. Here are some snapshots of this year's festivities (click the picture to view more)!
Blessings to you all,