you shall live in booths...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

"You shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days...You shall live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths, so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God." Lev. 23

Okay, so we didn't actually live in it (we were seriously hindered by a couple of sick babies), but Grace was finally well enough yesterday(plus, our guests have already had the yucky old flu bug this year) to have our Sukkoth gathering and Simhat Torah party.

David was the master builder (I am SO grateful that he can do this kind of stuff!)
But he also had a lot of help.

The booth turned out great, and we enjoyed learning about and celebrating this Biblical feast. We started out with a Simhat Torah party. This is a time of celebration and thanksgiving for the Word of God. Here we all are, parading around the backyard, singing and thanking God for His Word.

After the parade, we read Revelations 22 and Genesis 1, as a reminder to continually be soaking in God's Word. David said a blessing over the children and then they all got treats to remind them that "The commandments of the Lord...are sweeter than honey." Ps. 19:8-10

The kids had spent a lot of time making decorations for the sukkah. Paper chains were in abundance!
The sukkah is not supposed to have a roof. Tree branches are placed on top so that the rain, sun, etc. can come through. This is to remind us that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. We had to cover our glasses to avoid leaves and branches getting into them! lol!

We had just enough room for everyone to fit inside!
Sukkoth is a time to celebrate, or remeber, three things:
1) that the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness, after the Lord led them out of Egypt, pitching tents or building temporary huts.
2) the booth is a reminder of the temporary endurance of material buildings as opposed to the permanent and abiding strength of our Lord and the heavenly shelter that He promises.
3) It is also a celebration of the ingathering of the crops, and a precursor to our celebration of Thanksgiving.

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Burshek Family said...

Thanks for putting this together. We had a great time!

Monte and Missy said...

Thank you for your prayers. We are hopeful that we will hear something from the CCAA and the orphanage tomorrow. It is an enormous encouragement to know that others are praying for our daughter and for us...thank you!
You have been given a beautiful family!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the work you do in putting together such great feasts for us!!!! We soooo appreciate all you do!


Waitingfaithfully said...

What a wonderful celebration!! Thank you for sharing, and thank you for explaining the feast. David is a great booth builder, and the kids did a beautiful job of decorating!

Happy that health is returning to your home!

Love you~


Our China Starfish said...

Your family does the coolest things!!!

Wife of the Pres. said...

Thank you for sharing all of this. You are really inspiring me to do so much more.

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