Children are indeed a blessing from the Lord, says the Scripture (Psalms 127:3 Psalms 127:3See, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
American King James Version×). It is a great cause for rejoicing when an expectant mom and dad bring a child into the world.
There is always a lot of travel and activity surrounding the Feast of Tabernacles. For expectant parents or those with a very young newborn, it is wise to not be too heavily engaged in this. The baby’s health and Mom’s health are top priorities. Limiting activities to a safe, comfortable level and making sure good medical or qualified alternative help is within easy reach is prudent.
Make the Feast a time of rejoicing, especially for the joy of God’s great blessing of children.
Keeping the Feast at home with a baby or while expecting one can be an enriching physical and spiritual experience for the family. God’s word tells us to “rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days” (Leviticus 23:40 Leviticus 23:40And you shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.
American King James Version×) during the Feast of Tabernacles. Though you are keeping the Feast at home, there is much to rejoice about!
God commands us to keep the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days and to “dwell in booths,” or temporary dwelling for the whole Feast (Leviticus 23:41-42 Leviticus 23:41-42 41 And you shall keep it a feast to the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: you shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
42 You shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:
American King James Version×). This is because He wants us to understand that we are “strangers and pilgrims on this earth” (Hebrews 11:13 Hebrews 11:13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
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While you stay at home for the Feast, you can look at this is as a temporary situation. It will soon change. Normally, it will not be long before baby and Mom are ready to travel. While you keep the Feast at home for their sake, look forward to traveling again to keep the Feast in a true temporary dwelling.
Though you need to be at home for the Feast, you can still receive good, meaty, spiritual messages. Find a Feast site that is webcasting and keep up with the daily messages. There are also plenty of posted sermons with Feast themes at the Church’s website. Remember, while keeping the Feast at home, God still intends that we keep this Feast to learn about Him.
You can also let others in the Church know you are staying at home for the Feast because of your baby. Give them your contact information and welcome them to correspond with you during the Feast. This is a good way for brethren to serve one another, and that helps build the Church!
If it is feasible and safe, plan an outing with your family to help you enjoy the Feast. Perhaps you can meet with others who are also not able to go to the Feast. With the excess second tithe that you have, you can buy something special, like more expensive food items you would not normally purchase.
As a parent bringing a new child into the world, you are a part of God’s creative work to grow His family. He desires that you teach your children about Him. Therefore, as you are keeping this Feast at home, give thought to how you will bring up your child “in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4 Ephesians 6:4And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
American King James Version×). God commands parents to teach His word diligently to their children (Deuteronomy 6:7 Deuteronomy 6:7And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.
American King James Version×). You can tell your child one day how you kept the Feast at home the year they were born.
To summarize, while at home during the Feast with a new baby or while expecting one, keep Mom and baby’s health a top priority. Make the Feast a time of rejoicing, especially for the joy of God’s great blessing of children.
Though you cannot be in a temporary dwelling away from your home, think of this Feast at home as a temporary experience. Keep yourself tuned into good Feast sermons, whether from live Feast webcasts or by recorded sermons on the Church website.
Maintain correspondence with other brethren who are attending the Feast at one of the Church’s festival sites. Make the Feast special with safe activities or using excess second tithe for a special food item or gift.
When you keep this Feast as God commands, even at home for the sake of your new or expected baby, He will bless you. For, “blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart” (Psalms 119:2 Psalms 119:2Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
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