Celebrate Sukkot - The Feast of Tabernacles
MAKE A SUKAH
A Sukah is a temporary hut constructed for the week-long Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot.
Remember how the Lord led Israel out of Egypt on the way to the promised land. As they lived in tents/temporary shelters, God was faithful to provide for all their needs.
A Sukah needs to be a make-shift shelter, a rough shack built by hand but big enough for all the family to sit inside. Let your imagination lead you! You could use beanpoles for the corners or nail together a simple frame. The walls could be made of old blankets, decorative fabric, plywood, cardboard or whatever you can find. The roof should be lightly covered so you can still see the stars. In Israel, many people use palm branches but a wooden trellis covered over with leafy branches or bamboo matting works well.
Decorate your shelter with autumnal, harvest and biblical themes. Hang fruit and vegetables from the roof and drape garlands around the walls. Pin scriptures to the walls that highlight God's faithfulness. Dress a table for a celebration and surround with chairs or stools.
Finally, sit in your Sukah with all the family and enjoy being together. Have as many meals as you can in the Sukah and invite friends around to join you. Why not share testimonies of God's goodness and faithfulness in your own lives.
A Feast is about eating, right? Sukot is a harvest festival so fill your table with an abundance of colourful vegetables and fruit. Warm-up with hearty vegetable soups, serve tasty vegetable sides and salads garnished with fruit. Finish off with scrumptious apple pie! In Israel, the pomegranate is popular both for decorating the Sukah and for decorating your meal with its shiny red jewels!
Here are some ideas for verses to decorate your Sukah: