Today is off to a great start! I am taking care of some personal/pastoral things during the early part of this morning, and then devoting the rest of the day to Festival items. Our cell phone get’s zero reception here at our condo, but I hope to have an app on my phone, soon, to compensate for that.
The view outside our window and patio (which I posted last night) is gorgeous (at least according to my tastes) and the river was wonderfully misty this morning. We think it is water flowing from the local dam, and I will try to check later.
I like misty river moments. Normally the difference between the water and the air seems so clear, with the surface of the water providing an obvious border between the two worlds. However, when it the river is thickly covered in mist and fog, the border isn’t so obvious — it’s like the two worlds are mixing a bit in the space that lies between them, as if the water below were invading the air above.
And the Feast of Tabernacles is like that a bit, too. God’s Kingdom is clearly not here, yet. You can find evidence of that on the news channel of your choice, any day of the week. Satan is still the god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4). But during the eight days to follow, it will be as though a touch of that Kingdom is here, just a bit. Not in its fullness, of course, just as the mist is not the fullness of the river — but the taste of it, the feel of it, the excitement of it… On however small a scale, those things will be here. We will feel the gentle brush of the cool mist this coming week and then collectively long all the more to dive fully into the beautiful river it hints of.
May your desire to take the plunge deepen this Feast.