my personal Feast of Booths

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
and
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”)
which
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

for me,
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

About Jeanne

a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6. My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)! I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting! Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
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