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Kathy's Faith Walk

This holiday season is one of feasts

I am glad the holiday season is here. I like the music and the light displays in yards. I like the carolers and the game nights, the faith gatherings and the food. But for me, and many like me, the holiday season began back in October, not with Halloween, but rather, with Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles. These are Jewish celebrations and they run the gamut of ten days of personal reflection, followed by a day of fasting, and followed five days later with an eight-day party! How cool is that?

When God began to talk to me about the Feasts of the Lord I honestly had no idea what He was talking about. He sent me to a place in Bonners Ferry to begin my education and it has been a joy for the last five years to study these celebrations. Not that I have learned it all, but I have discovered some things that have changed the way I celebrate these unique days of the year.

In the Old Testament God designed seven feasts, along with the weekly Feast of Sabbath, that would help the young nation of Israel keep their eyes on Him on a daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal basis. Their life was tied to the Law and to the feasts which were connected to the movements of the moon, keeping them aware of their entwinement with the land and the heavens which brought them right back to God, Creator of it all. Some of the feasts cannot be fully celebrated today because although the Jews are back in the Holy land, they are not allowed up on the Temple Mount. But Messianic Jews, or those who believe Jesus is the Messiah, have found other ways to celebrate the feasts. The surprise in all this is just how many Gentiles, or ‘non-Jews” like myself, have been drawn to these celebrations as well. Strange though it has been, I can honestly say that attending these feasts over the last few years has felt like going home after having been away for a very, very long time.

God designed the feasts to be about Him. This actually enhanced the experience as each feast is a celebration of something amazing God had done in the past as well as a rehearsal of something wonderful to come in the future. Each feast involves friends, neighbors and family reading the Torah together. Food is shared, often dancing is involved and the blowing of a special ram’s horn called the Shofar. Sometimes gifts are given. But always God, and His love for His people, is celebrated.

Participating in these celebrations has changed me and my perspective of how a special day is to be remembered. To celebrate to the fullest is to remember what God has done for me, what He is going to do in the future, and to share that with others so they can know Him, His peace, and His love.

Be it Hanukkah in just a few days, Christmas a few weeks later, or Sabbath each week, I will celebrate my love for God and the day the best way I know how: simply by loving people. That’s really about all He asks of us. And how cool is that?

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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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