Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Coming Holy Days

Sukkot 2017 is just a little over two weeks away and I'm looking forward to hosting a gathering, while also experiencing a bit of trepidation.  I truly want this to be pleasing to The Father!  Father knows I lack confidence . . . Outside of Him, I have no confidence . . . NONE!  I feel I have the social skills of a broken lamp, and yet, I truly do love people!  I long to be a gracious encourager.  A kind word and gentle encouragement goes a long way for many of us!  Then there is the fellowship that is shared in these Holy Day gatherings that truly does remain in the heart for many seasons!

I'm focusing on the book of Ecclesiastes, fellowship, and encouragement.  Those of us who are gathering for Sukkot spend the year seeking Father and His will, while many do so alone, or worse, in a divided house.  Social media is pretty much a place of argument or a platform for the self proclaimed preachers, teachers, and rabbis to condescend.  Don't get me wrong, there are some very gifted folks who are obviously called of Father to preach and teach, but . . . I have come to the place in life, if someone has to continue to announce their call/title, I have trouble hearing their message.  So, to extend fellowship and offer encouragement seems to be a much needed and often overlooked ministry.

Here in the Land of Goshen, we'll be enjoying what looks to be a rather small gathering of women.  I'm thinking we are going to be able to share and encourage each other, as well as drawing a serious correlation between Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 . . .  Of course, we're not going to be exclusionary, but at this time it does appear to be a sukkot for ladies of the grandma years.  I felt a very strong unction to extend this invitation, first and foremost to those who Shabbat solo.

Shabbatin' solo is definitely better than ignoring Shabbat, but having little to no fellowship can also result in some traditions or tangents that may be misleading when it comes to Torah truth and following Messiah.  So, we are definitely looking forward to sharing fellowship.  Now the invitation is not closed, nor is it exclusive to women, only . . . but I would like to offer this.  We do not have a large program planned, nor is there an extensive list of activities.  There are family oriented Sukkot gatherings and I would strongly recommend young families get involved with other young families.  Meanwhile, we Grandmas will be encouraging each other and praying for all y'all!

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear Elohim, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  Ecclesiastes 12:13