Hello dear friends!
During late September/early October, our family went camping to celebrate Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles). Our family has been observing this Biblical festival for 21 years and each year it is such a blessing.
We camped at Fall Creek Falls State Park – which is a very beautiful park with many different activity options for all ages! Throughout the whole week, there were around 40-50 of us … we had people come from all parts of the United States. We had friends from Maine, Indiana, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, South Carolina, of course from Tennessee, and even a guy from California.
We built a community Sukkah together …
Going to get branches for the top of the Sukkah!
We gathered every night to eat and fellowship together.
One day most of us went boating on the lake – it was gorgeous! Some of us enjoyed peacefully canoeing on the lake … while some of the others enjoyed themselves by having water fights and boat wars 🙂
We went on so many trailer rides together! It was so much fun … especially when someone started a song or we started waving to everyone who passed 🙂
We went on hikes together …
For those of you who have not been to Fall Creek Falls, the people in this picture are standing on a lookout ledge that drops off hundreds of feet! The view from “the point” is truly amazing and it is equally amazing to think of the awesome Creator who created such a magnificent earth! I am reminded of two songs: Creation Calls and God of Wonders.
It was not always beautiful and sunshiny … actually, for the first half of our time there, it rained! But the rain did not dampen the spirits of those there (although we were EXTREMELY happy when the sun shone again!) We rejoiced anyways and we sang and read Scriptures in the rain. One day we went to the pavilion across the field and danced for hours. Sometimes people played games.
Twice during our stay groups of people went to get firewood! We would fill our 16 foot trailer with large chunks of wood and then bring them back and split and stack it so that we could have campfires roaring! It did not take very long because, as the old saying goes, “Many hands make light work”!
I cannot tell you how many volleyball games were played!
One morning we went to the swimming hole! Some of the group went swimming while the rest of us talked together and watched them shiver 😉
We THOROUGHLY enjoyed holding and playing with the babies and toddlers!
Oh! One day a young wild deer walked up and several of the people were able to feed it! It was so amazing being so close to it … a few of us even got to touch it!
We had sweet times of welcoming in the Shabbat (sabbath) together!
And the food was delicious!
We worshiped together …
I love this picture, it reminds me of Titus 2:3-5, “T he older women likewise … that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.”
We did so many fun things together, it is hard to list them all because I don’t want this to turn into a book 🙂
Playing a game of Spoons…
Do all young men feel the need to arm wrestle?!? 🙂
Dancing together …
We had a very blessed time and the verse from Psalm 133, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity,” really came alive!
I hope you have enjoyed this little recap of our Sukkot in the hills of Tennessee! If you would like to see more pictures, I posted a slideshow that you can view by clicking this link. Also, if you would like to see some the videos of us dancing together, please visit my YouTube channel.
Many blessings and may we all look forward to the day when we are in Jerusalem together keeping Sukkot with our King of Kings, Yeshua/Jesus (Zechariah 14)!
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