Sunday, April 12, 2009

Matzah Mayhem

I just wanted to share my joyful experience with you. In the last 4 years, I've come to learn about and love God's Torah, which means "instruction" in Hebrew. The term "Torah" is primarily speaking of the first five books of the Bible, Genesis through Deuteronomy. Included in the Torah are instructions to observe the Passover as a memorial to the wonderful works of God and it is also a prophetic holiday (holy-day) speaking of Jesus' sacrifice. It is a beautiful way to teach our children of God's wonderous works on earth and my children have come to really anticipate this feast.

We are the only ones in our extended family that celebrate the Passover, with the exception of a couple out-of-state relatives. Sometimes it is difficult and lonely when nobody rejoices with us on such a day. However, for the last two years, I have been the hostess of a Passover Seder in my home. Last year, about half of the invitees came, so I expected a similar turnout this year. This year, I invited 20 or so people and every person I invited came, as well as a few extras! Yikes! Well, I was quite nervous about fitting all these people into my small home, but it worked out so perfectly, and God definitely blessed the event. With the removal of most of my living room furniture, we arranged additional dining space to fit everyone. It was such a joy to share what the Lord has done for us as believers with such a crowd in our home!

Nearly every guest was a first time Passover participant, so I worried that some who attended might be put off by some of the traditions (as I am well aware that they can become a snare, as my previous post reveals!); so my prayer was that those who attended would see the meaning behind the traditions we do keep, and that God would be glorified through the evening. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, we had a wonderful time of fellowship, and we received many comments about how meaningful it was for them to experience the Seder. What a joy when God uses us in such a way...I feel so humbled and so blessed!

May you have a blessed Passover season!

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