Some of you may be new to the Father’s appointed times. Some of you may not even know that the Father has established set times throughout the year that, in the Bible, He commands those who follow Him to keep throughout their generations. I like to think of it as Him throwing a party and inviting us all to be His special guests. If you fit into either of these categories, it will be helpful to read my introduction to the Biblical Feasts before diving into this article. You can do so by clicking here.
What Is Sukkot?
Sukkot is an appointed time, established by YHWH, that commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, when they resided in temporary shelters in the wilderness. As you’ll learn, though, each appointed time (moedim) serves as a commemoration of a past event but also a foretelling of a future event. While Sukkot’s past event is that of being freed from bondage and being led and cared for by our Father, the future even it foretells is even more encouraging and one most Believers find themselves eagerly awaiting: When our Messiah returns and, at last, we get to reside with Him during the millennial reign.
While Sukkot may not sound familiar to you, this moedim goes by a couple of other names that might possibly ring a bell. It is also known as the Feast of Tabernacles and the Feast of Booths. Many folks have memories of being a child and church services being held outside for one week, often these were considered revivals but sometimes they would decorate with greenery and such and hold these revivals as a commemoration of the Feast Of Tabernacles. While old timey churches have done this in the past, many strayed away from it over time. However, there has been a resurgence of churches, urged by their Bible studying congregants, returning to the Feasts. Just this past year, several churches in my area held a Passover event for the first time and one of our group members shares how her church held a one day Sukkot event towards the end of this article. Little by little, we are returning. The Father does not demand that our steps be longer strides than we are able, as long as we are steadily and surely heading in His direction.
But wait, Is Sukkot an Old Testament Thing?
Like me, you probably hear of things like this and think, “Oh that was a Jewish thing. We follow Jesus so we don’t have to do any of that.” But is it? And does following Jesus really mean we don’t do as the Father says or follow the example Jesus set? Let’s look into that.
John 7:2 references the “Feast of Booths” in my Bible. Some translations say Feast of Tabernacles. Of course, this feast was commanded in Leviticus 23 but today we see Messiah’s brothers (yes, actual brothers he would have been raised alongside, some people are surprised to learn He had brothers) encouraging Him to go to the feast with them. Messiah sends them along without Him but then we see that He disguised Himself so that He could go up secretly. This feast was so important to Him that He made a way to go. Now, keep in mind that Jesus/Yeshua would have been observing these appointed times all of His life and we see by this example that He never stopped. He was faithful and sinless, so that means He always obeyed the Father. Even though we are less than a decade into keeping the appointed times as of time of printing this article, I can understand why He would have such a strong desire to make a way to be at this feast. Of course, honoring the Father by keeping His appointed times is our first desire but beyond that, Sukkot is a great gift for each of us.
I was always told that Messiah was our ultimate example of how to live. Even before I read the Bible in its entirety, I had faith in this. Now, having lost count of how many times I’ve read the Bible, and studied it in its entirety at least once each year, I know this to be true more than ever. Messiah is our ultimate example of how to live. 1 John 2:6 tells us that whoever claims to abide in Him ought to walk as He walked.
So here are three of the reasons why we keep Sukkot:
- Messiah is my ultimate example of how to live. Messiah kept Sukkot (Further, we see the apostles and disciples keeping it long after Messiah had ascended, this dispels the common errant thought that Messiah obeyed the commandments and yet His sacrifice somehow exempts us)
- YHWH is my God, I want to obey Him, and He knows what forever means. YHWH said they are His appointed times. He did not ascribe them to a certain people or express that they were only for our Jewish brethren. They are His appointed times (you’ll see more of this in my introduction to the Feasts article). Further, He stated that they are to be kept forever, throughout all of our generations.
- I love the Father and I spent most of my life not opening every gift He longed to give me, I know better now. Having access to His wisdom is a gift. Being invited to spend a special, set apart time with Him, which He has ordained as Holy, is also a gift. The adversary has waged a very successful campaign within the church for hundreds of years in which he convinces us that the Father’s ways are a burden and spurning them, going by our own wisdom and customs instead, is freedom. I have taken a step of faith and chosen the Father’s ways over my own and doing so has proven that the adversary is a liar. It is the Father’s ways that are freedom from bondage and the world’s way that entrap and burden us.
So what do I do?
The first year we kept Sukkot, the thought of taking off an entire week seemed a bit daunting. And, in truth, we had just learned about it and weren’t able to swing it that year, but we did the best we could. However, having kept Sukkot now, I can tell you with all honesty and every fiber of my being, Sukkot is now the part of the year we look forward more than any other. We plan our year by Sukkot, we number our days by Sukkot, and we scarcely start celebrating the first day of Sukkot that we aren’t already planning the next year’s. Does that sound crazy? Take a chance, step out in faith, follow the Father, and He will show you all this and more.
Y’all, even when it put Messiah’s life in danger, He still made it a point to keep this feast. Imagine the excitement modern Christians feel at their most lauded holiday each year and you will just barely come close to the excitement Messiah would have felt at keeping His Father’s Feast of Sukkot. It’s that big of a deal.
Having said all of this, it should come as no surprise at this point that Sukkot is also known as “The Season of our Joy”. This is wonderful appointed time is basically a week-long camping trip! Often people will make a temporary shelter or tent (a sukkah) in their yard, decorate it, and camp in it for a week. It is one of the most joyous Biblical feasts and the one we look forward to the most all year.
The first time we kept Sukkot, we decorated the back porch and made it a point to spend as much time out there as possible that week. We had our meals outside, drank our morning coffee out there, and ended our evenings there. As I said, we were fairly new to even knowing what Sukkot was and so we weren’t able to plan ahead, take time off, etc. Still, we didn’t let what we couldn’t do keep us from doing what we could. That’s faith. When the Father tells you to do something, you don’t sit around until you know how to do it perfectly and feel assured of 100% success, you set about doing and have faith that His grace and His leading will fill in the gaps.
The second time, we managed to go camping for an entire week with a few of our Bible study friends and that was even more fun. A couple of years ago, we started doing Sukkot in a big way with a week long camping trip with our whole Bible study group. Each day we’d make our way outside to have coffee together, then on to Bible study and discussion and lots of fun time to goof off as well. We had a lot of kids in our group and planned some fun arts and crafts for them along with hiking and even a blow up movie screen one night. We had potluck suppers and songs around the campfire each night. It was amazing and I encourage you to get together with your friends, fellowship, or just your family and plan such a trip if possible.
Last year, we hosted the first ever Seeking Scripture Sukkot. A weeklong camping trip with some of the folks we’d been studying the Bible with for years! You can imagine what a delight that was. I’m looking forward to the second Seeking Scripture Sukkot this year. (Our event is past capacity for this year but you can sign up for the waitlist for the 2023 Sukkot by clicking here if you’d like. Spaces are very limited).
If you can’t observe Sukkot for a whole week, try a couple of days. If you are unable to travel, find ways to honor this appointed time in your home. My point is, when it comes to the Father’s commandments, never let what you can’t do keep you from doing what you can.
One of the neatest parts of Sukkot is that people all over the world are celebrating it but you really don’t notice it until you step into the world of folks who keep it, too. I’ll never forget, our first camping trip for Sukkot, blowing our shofars early one evening (before dark) and hearing a shofar blow in response from across the campground! Turns out, there were several other groups there for the same reason. It is very much like another world that has been existing all of this time, but you don’t realize it until you become a part of it.
No matter where you go or what you do, whether it be a full blown week long camping trip or decorating your back porch as a baby step to start, I want to encourage you to look into keeping Sukkot this year. After all, it was so important to our Messiah that He even disguised Himself to be able to go!
I’m just now learning about Sukkot and I can’t go camping for a week! What can I do?
On my Facebook page, I asked folks who keep Sukkot to tell me about the first Sukkot they ever observed. They shared some wonderfully encouraging stories and I feel confident that you will be inspired and encouraged by them.
I’m going to begin with my favorite one, from Soozie R. It is my favorite because, so many may read this article a week or even a days from when Sukkot takes place and think, “It’s only ____ days away, I can’t possibly do it this year, I’ll just learn about it and look at doing it next year”. But Soozie learned about Sukkot ON THE FIRST DAY OF SUKKOT – and did not hesitate to keep it to the best of her ability. This is how our the Holy Spirit leads us to respond to the Father, without delay, and to the best of our ability.
*Note: A Sukkah is a temporary shelter. Some people build them from scratch, others simply use tents or canopies.
It was the day of Sukkot and I had just learned at lunch that YHWH had that special day set for us each year. My husband and I were sitting at the dinner table that night and he could tell something was wrong. He asked me and I told him I had just learned of Sukkot. He said “well what do you want to do?” “Honor the Father” I said… right then my husband got up from the table and grabbed our tiny camping tent and began setting it up on our deck. That week we spent every night with our four sons in our tent. Watching Prince of Egypt, Joseph king of dreams and other bible movies and talking about why we Sukkot. It wasn’t fancy… cost us nothing and made such an impression on my boys. I cant wait to do it again with other brothers and sisters. -Soozie R
We decorated our back porch with lights and mums. We just had our dinner outside and talked about Sukkot. That is probably what we will do again this year because my Husband has work and the kids have school. -Maree B
The first year we “attempted” to keep sukkot, we knew we could not camp outside (this is not the neighborhood for that), BUT had just put up a pergola in the backyard, so we decided this could be our sukkah for evening worship time… The kids helped me attach pretty bedsheets to the sides, and we strung up some twinkle lights. We spread out the few patio chairs we had under our sukkah, placed some of our potted plants out there, and the kids made a bench with an old board and some bricks. Our plan was to go out to the Sukkah every evening to sing and read Scripture. The first few evenings, things went well (even though we were sweating in the heat), and my heart was so happy! Then there were several evenings that the mosquitoes were so bad that we would quickly sing a song, pray, and *run* to the house! One evening, the county mosquito truck came by spraying poison, and we had to escape to the house once again… and I think the last few evenings, we got rained out. But it was a start… and it made the following year’s Sukkot seem amazing in comparison. – Shannon H
This will be our 3rd year to celebrate. We are still doing a very simple celebration, like our first year. (In addition, this year we are in the middle of having moved and most every thing is in storage.) We spend as much time as we can, outside. Each day, we have most meals on the porch, but always our dinner on the porch. Now that we’ve retired, we do no work other than meal prep, on the first and last day. Since it is not only a commemoration of the 40 years of wandering, but also a celebration of the end of harvest, this year, for the first time,
I will be paying more attention to my menu each night. I will be using a lot of veggies and fruits. I plan to serve veggies I have put in the freezer this year, to thank YHWH for his faithfulness to provide.
Since everything is in storage, I have ordered a pretty candelabra and candles to use each night on the porch table.
Before our meal, we will read Scripture about the feast.
One day, when we are settled, I aspire to put up either a tent or build a sukkah. For now, we enjoy time together and on the porch. – Kathy M
We had a pretty big screened in back porch we set up our tents on for our first Tabernacles. We had a fire pit we used just about every day. That’s pretty much the gist of our first one. -Donnie Y.
My husband kept it a year before we both kept it together and he, like a lot of people here, camped in someone’s backyard. They had tents, hammocks and sleeping bags and cooked over an open fire and he bragged how good everything was. The next year we went to Palo Duro Canyon with close to 75 people. I fell in love and we’ve been doing Sukkot with hundreds of people ever since. – Carolyn M
You know what? I will be 100% honest here. Due to some various constraints, I did not celebrate Sukkot in any way when I very first learned of it. It was as a result of you saying, “Don’t let what you CAN’T do stop you from doing what you CAN do,” that inspired me to at least put up a sukkah on my back deck last year. We would at least have our dinner in there. That was my first.
PS: That same statement from you has actually inspired many things. It helped me to learn to not let GOOD be the Enemy of Great. – Carolisa H
My husband and I were not able to take off work so we put a small canopy up on our back porch and decorated it with lights, flowers, pumpkins and gourds. We sat a table and some chairs under it and would invite family and friends over each night for dinner under the canopy. We would blow shofars, play worship music, read scriptures about the feasts, eat and fellowship. We still do this when we can’t get off work. – Cassandre R
I camped in a tent in my backyard with my family in North Carolina. It was hurricane season and a tropical storm was rolling in. We got absolutely soaked and went back inside lol – Kimberly D
We decorated our patio with sheer curtains and lights. Loved doing it! – Nancy H
I’m the only one in my family who seeks to observe Sukkot; since I’m the wife/mom, I can choose to purchase my food in time (before days 1 and 8 of Suukot) to prep and serve dinner on the screened in porch. It also happens that we go camping with friends, yearly, the second weekend in Oct. for a long weekend. My family (and camping friends) love and follow Jesus; they don’t view scripture the same way I do, though. I’m praying and working my way through that …. hoping to have some conversations as we sit around the campfire. If anyone has had experience in doing this, I’m all ears!!!! – Melody A
Stephanie G responded to Melody with some wonderful advice I’d like to share as well:
In my experience, I think the best thing to do is walk it out in front of them. If they ask questions, then absolutely fill them in. I would also recommend that when you are filling them in, always use scripture as your backing for any information you discuss. I had one friend I tried to talk to, it ended in disaster. When I dug more into scripture, I realized we are to walk it out instead of trying to give them the information before they are ready. I hope this helps.
This will be the 5th year I’ve keep Sukkot. My son was 2yo and my daughter 4yo the 1st time we camped. We set up tent at the family farm in Hackneyville, AL , a very large tent I bought from WalMart. I packed enough food and water to live off grid for the whole week! I even had a portable outhouse! I was not a member of Christy’s Seeking Scriptures ministry at that time as I had no knowledge of it’s existence at that time, but I had committed to reading the Bible in it’s entirety that year(Good New Bible…Today’s English Version and Life’s Application Study Bible…New Living Translation) I also read “The Beginner’s Bible” to my kids. Except for the first 2 days, it rained every day…I remember mopping up the tent floor in the morning before the kids woke up. We slept on a queen-sized blowup air mattress, so the bed stayed dry even though the floor was wet. At night, we would hear coyote howling, bullfrogs croaking, whippoorwill’s calling, owls hooting, and bobcat screaming. We had a large igloo cooler with food and ice, a 5 gallon water cooler, and a propane coleman stove under an old shed, and ate on an old picnic table we found. I even set up a separate tent with a wash tub, so we could bathe. We had a wonderful time playing in the creek, harvesting persimmons, swinging on the tree swing, and fishing in the pond. It is still the most memorable Sukkot to this day…and the first time this Mama took both kids camping for a whole week! I’ll post a photo of that first Sukkot as soon as I can find it. I hope y’all have a wonderful and memorable Sukkot this year! – Amy W
Our first year to celebrate Sukkot was in 2020. My kiddos and I ate dinner outside every evening. My son and I slept outside in hammocks and chairs a couple of nights that week. This is a pic of my son and daughter building a “tent” for us to worship in for the week. We worshipped, fellowshipped, and celebrated. It was simple, it was primitive, it was special, and it was fun! – Lisa E.
It was just me the first time. I used a canopy frame and hung sheer curtains along the sides. I put a table and chairs inside with those battery tea light candles. It was so cold I could hardly stand it. But I ate my meals outside under the stars and loved every moment! – Kat R.
This will be my 7th sukkot. I was invited to a small gathering a brother’s yard. They had a nice spot and even loaned me a tent. We cooked inside her trailer and ate outside under the sukkah. We played games, slept, sang songs around the campfire. It was awesome. Since then I’ve had sukkot in my own yard twice. I love sukkot! -Mari B.
Four of us ladies rented a house in the hill country. Decorated the deck with lights and foliage. Ate outside in the evening. Read Scriptures, no shofar. Each of us had a binder with Why we celebrate Biblical feasts! It was only for 31/2 days but we savored every moment. This year, due to health issues, we will be on our own celebrating! -Vicki N.
Went camping and tried to learn more about these feasts.- Stephanie G
Since being a part of the Front Porch family, I needed to explain Fall feast to my husband since we had never followed the appointed times. So we had dinner outside and talked about following the appointed times. Great introduction to having my husband join us with daily readings and listening to Christy’s podcasts. This is his first year and my second to join the fellowship bible study. – Tena W.
Sukkot for me was special because it was the first time I began to put pieces together and have a better understanding of the feasts. That first year they came so fast and it seemed like they had double names and I was confused. I am on a limited budget so I just do the best that I can and express myself with the main skill he gave me which is my cooking ability and being crafty. I had some wooden fruit that were strung together that I put on my table and around my bright colored place mats. I set my pretty china dishes to eat off of. For a center piece I found a small square pillow that said on it “Grateful Hearts Gather Here”. I surrounded the pillow with flowers that I picked from the garden and also had a bright bowl of fruit on the table. It all was very bright and cherry.
For my meal I had roast lamb with home made mint sauce, sweet potatoes and various veggies. My food lasted most of the week with the leftovers. I can’t have Gluten so my diet is very limited as to what I can have. Also. where I live (Arizona) Oct. is when we can enjoy being outside again and not melt with the heat. Sometimes in the evening I would eat outside but most times I preferred to eat inside because of bugs. I live alone so I don’t have company over. I do read my bible in the evenings. Marlene S.
2013 we started reading with our eyes wide open. I was frustrated because I knew I had to act but didn’t know how a believer in Messiah could. 2014 we read specifically about Sukkot and made a plan for the following year. 2015 we made our first temporary dwelling and spent as much time as we could in it. We ate in there, sang in there, read, prayed, etc. Didn’t sleep in it though. – Alexi M
We decorated my Momma’s big front porch and gathered and ate together every night, listening to or reading scripture. – Danielle M.
Last year was our first time celebrating Sukkot. We joined the Front Porch Fellowship group in Tennessee. Our first time Sukkot set a high standard to follow. I had no clue what to expect but I was extremely excited. I brought pumpkins, lights, table cloth etc and decorated the outside of our travel trailer. The Bible study each morning was awesome! And the fellowship was so amazing. I finally got to meet so many people I had been talking to for so long!! It was a wonderful week!! – Angie W.
We put up a shade canopy in our backyard as our Sukkah and I had my Bible and prayer time out there each morning then we’d have dinner there as a family in the evenings. We also were invited to have dinner and fellowship with others from our congregation at their homes a couple of nights. – Amanda B.
2012 was my 1st introduction to Sukkot. The Lord dropped me into this little synagogue in Macon, Ga. Right before Fall feast. They had access to a lake that was closed for the season so it was wonderful. They had a corporate day with our praise and worship team playing and a meal we all shared together. It was wonderful! So it was the beginning of new learning experience that I’ve never
regretted and forever thankful to The Lord for taking me to this new place! It has been a Blessing! – Diann H.
I sat out on my back porch in the mornings and evenings weather permitting. We did eat out there as I recall a time or two. It was all new to me and I was sharing bits and pieces with my husband (did not want to overwhelm him.) Decorated the back porch with corn stalks with corn and pumpkins from our garden. Just kept it simple. – Teresa A.
My first one was at home alone. I hung a beautiful tent over my bed and snugged up and studied my Bible every day. It was awesome. No tv. Just me and YHWH. – Chrisie H.
We pulled up a horse trailer in our yard, attached a tarp canopy off the side and brought in a table and made cushy beds under it. The kids decorated with paper chains and we just had so much fun! Then it rained We made the best of it and improved from there! – Lori B.
Last year was my first Sukkot. I was still feeling quite overwhelmed, if I’m honest. I’m a teacher. I had to work each day, but after school and on the weekend I studied my bible outside as much as I possibly could. I put a really pretty mum and decorations out on my patio table and it became such a beautiful, happy place to study. – Julie M.
We made a blanket fort in the living room with the kids and cooked in our fireplace. – Kimberly V.
I hung sheets on my patio for my sukkah and ate meals out there with my family. I invited extended family and friend for a celebration on the last day. We ate well. Studied together and enjoyed the fellowship. – Lexi B.
We put our tent up in the backyard and did our best to sleep there every night. During the week we would spend time with friends who were doing the same. Other than that we really didn’t know what else to do. We also had to go to work everyday. – Nancy D.
Last year was our first. We kept it very simple. We simply ate dinner outside every evening. On the Sunday, we went to the creek on our property and grilled over a fire and just relaxed by the creek. – Linda W.
I went to the pastor of our church then and spoke to him about the feast and I felt the Father wanted us to keep them. He approved so we planned for sukkot because that was the next feast on the calendar. I studied up on sukkot because I knew nothing about the feast.
We chose 12 leaders to represent the 12 tribes and divided the congregation into groups. Each leader coordinated with their tribe to build sukkahs, decorate, plan their meals, and used that as an opportunity to invite friends, family, neighbors to the event. We sat up on the church property. We had praise and worship with flags. All the sukkahs lit up at night was beautiful.
It was for only one day and anyone that wanted to camp out did but it truly was a delight. – Sherry P.
I eat dinners out on the patio each evening and study the word. Thankful for grace. – Carmell G.
Walmart teepee tent in the backyard and we set up lights with a couple other pop up tents (we had tables under those decorated to hold food etc.. a fire pit and chairs. We had three young boys and a teenage daughter at the time at home. We slept in the tent during the week (when it didn’t rain/leak lol). Ate many meals outside, campfires, music.. we celebrated! I had little activities for the boys (crafts) and my daughter and I tried out making tzitzit. Lots of beautiful memories for that simple sukkot. My husband had to work during the week and we did what we could to observe the Feast. It really was special. It was in October 2017. – Angella L.
My husband and I made a roast dinner the first and the last day. I decorated with fall decorations and oranges with bible verses on them.
And we invited my sister in law and her husband for one of those dinners.
We also were so blessed, because we found a menorah that Passover at a thrift store, so we also lit the candles.
We also watched good teachings on YouTube throughout the week. – Aina F.
I’m chronically ill and not able to sit outside in the cold or go camping like others. But we were determined to celebrate somehow so we made a Sukkah over our sofa! – Katie N
Our first year was super simple – we built sukkahs out of Lego’s while talking about the Feast with our kiddos. – Melody M
The first sukkot we celebrated, my husband was away. So the kids and I slept out in our RV on the driveway. When it got too cold (no heat) I moved everybody back inside and built a tent in the dining room by the woodstove. – Karissa P.
The first year, my sister and I rented a campsite at a state park, pitched our tents for the 8 days. It got down to 20 degrees here in Minnesota a couple nights, but we had electricity…so we brought electric blankets to deal with those frigid nights! It was great. We brought clean food, decorated our tents inside and out..played worship music. We did not know what we were doing, but we were doing it for the Lord and he blessed the time!!! – Lisa W.
I decorated my porch extra special. We ate outside on the porch as much as possible. I dreamed about making unleavened bread the next year. I prayed for YHWH to fill in all of the big gaps we were missing with His big grace. This year will be our 4th Sukkot. We’re so excited! Every year we’ve added something we’ve learned. His yoke is light! – Raynita L
We have been celebrating Sukkot for about 14 yrs now. In the beginning years, my husband and two of our younger sons got together one of the nights with other males and stayed in a sukkah at a Messianic Jewish home. He was shocked to walk into the sukkah and see video games set up, etc. The men/sons studied Scripture, ate steak, fellowshipped, sang, etc and had a saying:
What happens in the sukkah, stays in the sukkah!
As for our family-our favorite was when we couldn’t camp and set up our covered back patio as a sukkah. Put lattice on the sides and used fake vegetables and fruit as hanging decor and ate supper there. Invited “ushpizin” (guests) every night for hors d’oeuvres or dessert. One night family, one night friends, one night neighbors, etc. By week’s end I was exhausted but had beautiful memories and so many people had learned about the Feast of YHVH. – Robin O.
We were invited to a friends Sukkah on their porch for dinner the first year, we hosted one on our property the next year we observed five years ago, and this year will be our 4th year at Wewoka. Don’t despise small beginnings. -Cheryl W.
Camped with the fellowship we had newly joined at a state park. I was just in awe that this was ordained by the Father for us! A beautiful time of togetherness, worship, deep conversation, hours-long Bible studies that no one wanted to end, couple and whole families deciding to be immersed together in the lake… whew!! I can’t wait for Sukkot this year, and every year to come, until we finally get to Tabernacle with HIM – Dana M.
I remember I first started it by purchasing a tent. the best place i felt it could be placed was on our giant enclosed trampoline and i used lots of leaf covered tree limbs to cover around it. I had sleeping bags, pillows and lighting inside as well along with my bible. I would eat, read my bible and pray inside.. the next year my husband and constructed a sukkah on our lighted covered back porch with PVC piping and covered it with sheet, a curtain and put two small chairs, a small table inside with some Fall decorations, bible etc. That was during the shut downs during the pandemic and Last year we got to go to sukkot in person at lake Guntersville and are going again this year for the entire week. -Heather C.
It was so heartwarming for me to be able to read through all of these. I can only imagine how it warmed our Father’s heart to see so many of His children setting their heart to follow Him and taking their first steps keeping these very special appointments He has made with us. These Sukkots may not have been perfect by some standards, but those aren’t the standards our Father uses. I remember when our kids took their first steps. They took a step or two and promptly fell down. It would have never occurred to me to focus on how they could have improved or what they did wrong. As a mother, I beamed with pride, felt my heart swell with joy, and held out my arms. I imagine the Father will look at you in much the same way when you endeavor to keep Sukkot this year, whether it be your first or fiftieth.
Remember: Never let what you can’t do keep you from doing what you can. Our Father fills in the gaps.
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