God provided an opportunity for 147 brethren from five countries to meet in the beautiful Black Forest town of Titisee, after a number of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 crisis meant that the Feast had to be organized at relatively short notice.
Many Dutch brethren arrived into Germany just hours before new travel restrictions were introduced, and a number of members from Austria and the Netherlands underwent COVID-19 tests before entering Germany. Despite the tense circumstances, however, the Feast was full of rejoicing and relief.
Great care was taken to ensure the safety of everyone and all the brethren respectfully complied with the health care protocols with very little inconvenience. Although there were fewer planned activities, there was a real sense of unity present, and it seemed that more than ever, there was a great feeling of thankfulness that we could all meet together in peace. Our prayers were (and still are) with a special member of our spiritual family who couldn’t attend with us in Germany this year, Mnazakan Poghossjan, who is experiencing tragic war in his homeland of Armenia at this time.
All services were broadcast via Internet radio for those members who were unable to travel. The spiritual food that was served offered encouragement, hope and a call to action, as well as painting a picture of the Millennium to point our eyes ahead. Hymn summen (humming) was enhanced by a talented group of musicians; special music was beautiful and uplifting and fellowship after services was jovial and lengthy, despite the requirement of facemasks in the meeting hall.
There is something very awe-inspiring about the natural beauty of the Black Forest region and that beauty was enhanced by days of light rain, cleansing the air and creating mists rising over the Titisee Lake and surrounding forest-clad hills. God willing, the Feast of Tabernacles will again be celebrated in Titisee in 2021.