The Beauty of Booth Living

“You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 23:42-43

The children of Israel dwelling in booths reminds me that all of our lives here are but a temporary thing.

Lord, please help us not grow too attached to our surroundings on our journey home to You. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Temporary Tents

Tents make it easier
to pick up and move on

and booths reveal the beauty
of our story songs

about a Deliverer
Who came and ransomed us

so we can travel home together –
His name is Jesus.

Do you ever feel as though your life here is but a temporary thing?


  1. Thank God you are exisTENT
    for yet another beautiful conTENT!
    You’re teaching me to focus on the omnipoTENT
    instead of lament on disconTENT.

  2. Deb, I am counting on the fact that life here is temporary! Whenever I feel weighed down by this life, I think of songs like “I’ll Fly Away”, or “Wayfaring Stranger” by Johnny Cash, and remember that I’m just passing through on my way to be with the King! Peace, Linda

  3. Rea! You are so amazing! I love how you can pack so much into a comment and make it a poem too! focusing on Him is a good thing for me to remember!!!! love you!

  4. We can get so caught up in it all . . .and do have to be present here. But our hope remains in Him! God bless you and your walk with Jesus! 🙂

  5. I am going to talk about it on my blog at some point, but I was fascinated by this NatGeo documentary I watched called “Inside Mecca” especially at the rituals involved with going to Mecca for Muslims. There were a lot of tents, which is why I thought of it. There can be something so calming and reassuring about ritual, even if it is a temporary thing – like a treat, a miracle..

  6. That is such an important reminder. Our citizenship is in heaven. There is a song called “A Living Prayer”. I have the words and a video of Alison Krauss singing it in one of my posts. Here are the words:

    A Living Prayer

    In this world I walk alone
    With no place to call my home,
    But there’s one who holds my hand
    Through rugged roads, through barren lands.
    The way is dark, the road is steep,
    But He’s become my eyes to see,
    The strength to climb, my griefs to bear.
    The Savior lives inside me there.

    In Your love I find relief,
    A haven from my unbelief.
    Take my life and let me be
    A living prayer, my God, to Thee.

    In these trials of life I find
    Another voice inside my mind.
    He comforts me and bids me live
    Inside the love the Father gives.

    In Your love I find relief,
    A haven from my unbelief.
    Take my life and let me be
    A living prayer, my God, to Thee.

    Take my life and let me be
    A living prayer, my God, to Thee.

  7. Rituals can be calming. My daughter with autism/pddnos needs to have those routines and rituals in order not to panic, to make sense of things. Traditions can be beautiful, can give us a way of sharing what’s important to us with the next generation. And every year yet in Israel, they celebrate this time by setting up booths and sharing food and time with each other. . .to remember their time of journeying to the promised land.
    Looking for to your post, Jessie! 🙂

  8. That is such a beautiful song and the first stanza really echoes how we can feel! Thank you so much for blessing us with you and the song! 🙂

  9. Deb,
    The concept of temporary home was very real to my family and I when we lived in Dubai because 80% of the population there are expatriate and one only lives there with a work/residence permit and can never become a citizen or permanent resident. It’s so awesome that Jesus has gone to prepare a room for us to live with Him for eternity and I am so looking forward to my permanent home that radiates the light of my maker. Thank you for this heart warming post.

  10. Vineet . . .that is such a perfect illustration with the example of Dubai! You are ahead in this, knowing how that felt. Thank you for sharing your faith, your hope and your Jesus with us!

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