Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Sukkah's Being Built


Sukkot - The Feast of Tabernacles is here. Or rather it starts tonight at sundown.

In honor of this feast, we are building a Sukkah in our back yard.

Here's pic #1.



Stay tuned!

More pics to come.......after my husband makes a run to Lowe's to get the parts he forgot. LOL!!

And, I have a to plan a "eating in the Sukkah" friendly menu as well as help the kids make decorations.

Loads of fun to be had.





Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Upcoming Holidays


Holiday

Hebrew Date

Date

Rosh Ha-Shanah

Tishri 1-2

September 29-30, 2011

Yom Kippur

Tishri 9-10

Oct 7-8, 2011

Sukkot

Tishri 14-21

Oct 12-19, 2011

Simhat Torah

Tishri 22

Oct 23, 2011

Hanukkah

Kislev 24 –

Tevet 2

December 21-28, 2011



Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Days of Awe



I threw a stone. I didn’t want it to hit you, so I arced my arm away from your direction and threw it into the pond that you were standing next too.


I threw the stone into the water and it plopped and sunk to the bottom of the pond. The stone disappeared, but the water would not let me forget that I threw it as shock waves, in a concentric circle. moved out from the point the stone hit and rolled along the water until it hit the shore right next to you.

The shock wave, though small, leapt against the shore, sprinkling your shoes.

I tried not to hit you. I misdirected the fire of my anger, and yet it hit you anyway. Or perhaps, I misdirected the spirit of my tongue and it hit you anyway. So many times, I’ve misdirected my feelings from someone only to have them feel the repercussions of what I’ve said or what I’ve done. And, so many times I’ve misdirected the feelings of my heart without any thought to what my Messiah might think only to find He was standing by the water all along.

These are the Days of Awe. The days of repentance in which we take the time to become introspective of our thoughts, actions, and words over the past year.

On Rosh ha-Shanah, the Sefer HaChaim (the Book of Life) was opened. Adonai has written or not written our names in the book. On Yom Kippur the book is sealed. The Days of Awe sit nestled between the opening and closing of the book. This is our time to repent before our Lord.

For Messianics and Christians, we believe Messiah Yeshua has atoned for our sins and we are forgiven thus placing our names in the Sefer HaChaim. This is wonderfully true and freeing. But we must not forget that the Lord places these days of Holiness before us as a prophetic picture of what’s to come. And so we remember and we seek His face.

Are there any stones that you’ve thrown over the past year that are in need of reconciliation?



Shalom, Spring M Fricks

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Not So Traditional Rosh ha-Shanah



Shana Tova!!

Have a Good Year!

Well, it's the end of Rosh ha-Shanah and it didn't go as I'd planned. Isn't that how it works most of the time?

I'd hoped to put on a beautiful dinner party with a house full of friends to share the meal. I'd hoped to attend synagogue on the Erev of Rosh ha-Shanah and again today. I'd especially hoped to join in on the Tashlich portion of the service where, after prayers are recited, each person empties their pockets of bread crumbs onto the water. This is symbolic of casting our sins upon the water by which we give them to the Lord that He may purify us. (Micah 7:19)

But, it just didn't happen that way.

Mainly because I simply didn't have time to prepare. Instead of preparing for the dinner party and all the other ins and outs, I was spending time with my Father whom has not been home in 8.5 years. And, I'm enjoying every minute of it.

So, instead of being upset that things didn't go as planned so that I may present my "picture perfect event" unto the Lord. I have cast off the guilt and enjoyed the gift that the Lord has given to me....very special time spent with Dad.


In light of that, we had a very non-traditional Rosh ha-Shanah. Instead of a house full of guests, we had one dear family come over. And, instead of a table cloth and fancy silverware, we ate at the table with mismatched "whatever was clean" stuff while the kids ate picnic style in the living room.

We did manage to throw together a pretty nice meal. At least that's what my stomach thinks.





Which included a round raisin challah representing the yearly cycle.



And, I made a honey cake. YUM!! Traditionally, honey is eaten on the Jewish New Year to represent the sweet things the Lord will pour forth...or the sweet things for the coming year. I especially love this recipe because it has a secret ingredient....coffee. So Good.


Now that Rosh ha-Shanah has ended, we have embarked upon the 10 days of Awe leading up to Yom Kippur. I have a holy fear of the Lord during this time and can't wait to share this with you.

For now, I leave you this clip. A very non-traditional blowing of the Shofar. You know, to go with the theme of our day.

BTW, the Bible story depicted in the song is the Torah portion read all over the world in synagogues. I have goose bumps just thinking about it.








Shalom, Spring M Fricks