• Summer

    Celebrating Summertime

    Summer is officially upon us, at least here in Idaho! We just wrapped up our celebration of Shavuot and are heading headlong into the heat of summer. Summer is an incredible time of fun, wonder… and hard work! Summer is also a time without any holidays, which is logical from the standpoint of the growing/harvesting cycle. The Israelites were pretty busy, growing the food that would sustain them for that upcoming year. But since many of our life-giving traditions are centered around the feasts, summertime can sometimes leave us floundering without a clear focus. That is what I am going to explore over the next couple of months. In our…

  • Spring

    Shavuot – Bring Your Children Alongside You

    This past weekend, the counting we’ve been doing for the last 50 days finally culminated in Shavuot! At the closing of our Shavuot service, we had a time of prayer, during which I played & sang worship. At one point I looked over and realized that my oldest daughter (12) had come up to pray with her dad. Then my other daughter, then one of my sons came up as well. Each of them had a sweet time of prayer with both their earthly father and their heavenly Father. I think that sometimes we underestimate the power of an encounter with God for our children. While we work hard to…