Fall festivals and focusing on God's mercy and grace!

On the first day of fall, I'm finally sitting at my computer again catching up on my writing. As some of you already know, this summer was hectic, as I packed up and moved to Raleigh NC. My focus has obviously been elsewhere, but I'm about to get organized. My office space is still a mess, but the rest of the house looks decent. 

Now I'm ready to buy some mums, cabbages, and pumpkins and start decorating for the fall. Perfect timing! Today is not only the official beginning of autumn, but it also "falls" in the period of the Jewish fall festival called Sukkot or Chag HaSukkot or the Feast of the Tabernacles or the Feast of the Booths. I'll go with the short version: Sukkot.

Sukkot is the time each year when the Jewish people remember how their ancestors wandered in the desert without a permanent dwelling for forty years, protected by God's clouds of fire. During Sukkot, temporary shelters are built and meals are eaten there for 7 days. Read more about the meaning behind this festival and how it's observed HERE.

How do I know about Sukkot, since I'm not Jewish? Well, while living in NY I had many Jewish neighbors, friends, and some family who celebrated these holidays. I've always thought it was such a shame that having grown up in a Protestant Christian home, we don't celebrate Jewsih or traditional Christian holidays much--just the big ones. I like following a church calendar to keep me continually interested and focused on my faith. If you're interested in celebrating throughout the year, I highly recommend the book To Dance with God. I used it as my kids grew up, and I have many wonderful memories from those times.

I love it when God leads me in a train of thought that all comes together, like he did today. I teach PraiseMoves, a Christian alternative to yoga. See Current Fitness Classes.

Today, I was following up on my previous post about the Hebrew letter posture, chet. (See the post on FB.) We also have some postures that are based on Hebrew words that contain the letter chet and which I've shared on my FB page. Our chet-related postures mean "mercy" and "grace." What a great focus for the fall! As I researched Hebrew words beginning with chet, I discovered that the fall festival Sukkot is short for Chag HaSukkot and begins with the letter chet too! And, today is the first day of fall in the Christian calendar as well!

So, Happy Fall and Happy Sukkot!

Stretch and strengthen as you hold Chet and meditate on the accompanying scripture: 2 Samuel 22:2-4

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge;
My Savior, You save me from violence.
I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies."

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Basic Chet

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Challenge yourself with one leg straight, heel on floor.

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Are you ready for a big challenge? Take both legs straight. Try to keep the neck and head in line with the spine.

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