So here it is a little more than a week since the Feast of Tabernacles has ended. I knew pretty early on during the 8 days I was in the middle of something special. And as the week progressed it became obvious that this was a different, more profound, better experience than any of my previous 30 plus celebrations of this festival.
A lot of things made it better, great worship music, insightful teaching, good food. None of those things alone or together put it over the top for me. But two things made a powerful difference.
First, from the very beginning an attitude of service was stressed. There was a willingness from everyone there to serve in any way they needed to without organization or coercion. I have never seen an event like this run so smoothly with nothing more than letting everyone know that if you see something that needs to be done, you have the freedom to do it.
The second thing that made a difference was the emphasis on Yahshua. Every teaching, lunchtime discussions, and talks around the campfire all revolved around figuring out how to live our lives in ways that let His light and love shine through us. No arguments about our particular brand of Torah keeping, or which traditions we hang on to.
This was a special group of people we kept FOT with this year that have heard all of that kind of rhetoric before and have come to the realization that any faith without our Savior as it’s center and focus is vain and worthless.
And I saw people healed as we prayed for and anointed them…no, really! Not just some vague testimony of “my cold seems to be getting better”, but real tangible physical and spiritual healing. I thank my Heavenly Father for allowing my family to be part of this. It is certainly something we will never forget and hope to continue to move forward in our spiritual journey. I think and hope revival is on the horizon.