There may be times where we anticipate the Feast of Tabernacles so much that by the time it’s over we are almost depressed. And sometimes life gets so busy we forget the meaning of the Feast of Tabernacles. So here are some ways we can keep the Feast alive throughout the year.
Seek the Kingdom daily
In Sri Lanka, where I attended the Feast this year, David Schreiber gave a sermon where he focused on keeping the vision of the Kingdom alive and how we have to put God first. We must seek the Kingdom of God daily. The Feast of Tabernacles pictures the Kingdom. If we seek it daily then we have a little bit of the Feast with us every day during the year.
Put God first through prayer and study
Just as we seek the Kingdom daily, we must seek God daily by putting him first in our life. We can continue to thank Him for our experiences and thank Him for our new friends. Let’s ask God to keep the light alive in us.
Review your sermon notes
The sermons given at the Feast are there to inspire us and remind us of God’s plan. So if you are ever having trouble thinking of something to study during the year, why not dig out your notebooks from the previous Feast and go over your notes and look up scriptures. This will help us carry on the idea mentioned above and help you find new insights you may not have noticed before. This is a great way to stay connected to previous Feasts.
Stay connected to new and old friends
To this day I still keep in touch with some of the friends I have met at the Feast in years past. With today’s technology it is easier than ever to keep in touch. We can write a letter, write an e-mail, make a phone call, or chat on Skype. Staying connected will help establish good relationships and help us to continue to learn how to be part of the family of God. In reality, we may not be able to keep in touch with everyone we saw or met at the Feast, but we can keep in touch with a few who we spent the most time with.
Buy one special thing to remind us of that Feast
It’s nice to be able to buy something special that stands out over everything else. Something you almost feel you can’t live without. If you are like me, you might buy several things and lose sight of what made that Feast special. Sometimes it’s not all about spending all your tithe money just to get rid of it. If you have left over after buying that special token, donate to the church or family in need instead. Having that one special thing will help remind you of all the great memories you made at that particular Feast.
Share your stories
One of the most exciting Feasts I’ve ever had was in 2011, when I went to Guatemala. It was rainy season and it was raining so much that there were landslides blocking many of the roads. Since the roads were blocked or flooded we were stranded in the city of Solola. However, it was a great experience because all of us who were stranded were able to spend quality time together. That year at the Feast I connected more to the brethren than any other Feast. What a great story I have to share years later. It’s important to share your most exciting stories of this current Feast now and for years to come. We should want to share our adventures and connections we had with people.
I hope you will find these ways to keep the Feast alive useful in your own life. Remember to keep the vision of the Kingdom alive daily.