There are some interesting connections that I feel with the “Feast of Booths,” sukkot observed by Jews, Hebrews, Israelites, Messianic Jews, Samaritans.
Sukkot has a double significance. In the Book of Exodus agriculture is mentioned – “Feast of Ingathering at the year’s end” (Exodus 34:22) – it marks the end of the harvest time and so of the agricultural year in the Land of Israel. The more elaborate religious significance from the Book of Leviticus is that of commemorating the Exodus and the dependence of the People of Israel on the will of God (Leviticus 23:42-43).
So, the twofold significance:
1) ingathering at year’s end marking the end of harvest time
2) exiting “Egypt” and entering dependence on the will of God
are both obviously present at a particular period in my history.
—September 1980: the end of harvest time (you reap what you sow) seen in my planned suicide, an unexpected call from my mother, and a forced move (that’s exiting “Egypt”) . . . I came to live in the birth state of my father and the place of my parents’ residence (that’s the “ingathering”)
began a pilgrimage (September 1980-June 1986) I did not know I was taking that guided me to the understanding that I needed to depend on God and to see that following His Will, even unknowingly, was what had preserved my life and brought me to a place where healing would take place
To celebrate the beginning: moving from my 34-year fragile, impermanent place as a part of an “ingathering” by my mother—from the slavery of the world, my “Egypt,” to relationship with God, my Father, freedom of Life in the Spirit . . . the Feast of Booths
a time every September when I purposefully experience and celebrate the meanings of my personal “Feast of Booths,” the big endings, the pain, the defeat, the darkness, the small beginnings of light and healing, the overwhelming faithfulness and Love of God
Now it is time to convert the roller coaster into a locomotive, making sure that the inspiration of the holiday season propels me to greater growth, learning and devotion in the year ahead. (read Psalm 113 – 118)
for more information about this holiday http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/4784/jewish/What-Is-Sukkot.htm