I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving! I apologize for not posting much this month. I have several articles in the works, but other obligations have prevented me from devoting the time necessary to bring them to completion. Meanwhile, I was absolutely touched by this message from Dr. Hollisa Alewine about Giving Thanks. Please click here to read: HODAAT. (Those of you connected to Grace in Torah on Facebook may have already seen this link.)
I’m also including another link on next week’s Torah Portion by one of my favorite Torah commentators, Ardelle Brody: Vayeshev. (Genesis 37:1-40:23)
Chanukah is just around the corner, which means the world (especially America) is in full swing Christmas and commericalism mode. This season is a hard one for many. Like Jacob, we wrestle with how to handle friends and family, and even YHWH as the days grow darker. I encourage you to be a light in the darkness. May your actions be motivated by LOVE and not FEAR of man or circumstances as you learn to walk anew.
I pray that we are not provoked by guilt, anger, fear, or even tears as we tenderly speak life and love to all those that do not yet see or understand why we limit or eliminate their most beloved holidays in favor of the Creator’s calendar. Do not grow weary in well doing. Be patient, kind, and long-suffering. Be grateful and thankful. If you don’t know what to do, just remember that LOVE never fails. (I Cor. 13)
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.(1Pet. 4:8 NASB)