The REAL Aunty Lulav
As a child of the 1960s, Aunty Lulav cut her teeth on Dr. Seuss and Grimm’s Fairy Tales. She learned to read at 4 with Dr. Seuss’s Dictionary and escaped into magical worlds with The Brothers Grimm.
After 30 years in ministry, and raising two vibrant daughters, Aunty embarked on a new journey – Aunty Lulav’s Books for Life.
Her motivation – to strengthen young Christian families with her love for Children’s Literature.
Aunty Lulav holds a degree in Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh, and is fluent in Spanish. She is a founding member of Manna of Life Foundation, Inc. helping impoverished children in Ghana. She is a lover of Israel and Global Missions.
In 2015, when disaster broke out in northern Iraq, Aunty self-published Yeshua’s Star, translated into the Yezidi language. God opened the door for this little book to travel with teddy bears to Kurdistan, for refugee children.
She published The Gift, Christmas, 2018 and illustrated Electric Pink, a Christmas Haibun, for her poet sister in 2017. Keep watch for upcoming Picture Books The Dance of Kumaloo and Rivvedy Knoll.
What’s a Lulav Anyway?
Ahhh, the mysterious Lulav! What is it and why do we wave it?
The answers are found in the Feast of Tabernacles – aka – Succoth!
Succoth is the last and greatest feast in the yearly biblical cycle found in Leviticus 23. Succoth is the time of rejoicing in God and thanking Him for the Harvest.
The festivities begin as each family builds a temporary dwelling called a Sukka. There they eat and sleep for 7 days, remembering the time in the wilderness! As people gather, celebration and praise ring out. At night, the sukka is filled with light and thanksgiving to the Living God.
Each year we build a sukka in the backyard. Each morning, I read the Psalms and sing and pray and wave the Lulav. At night, we light the candles and gather inside the sukka for dinner with friends and family.
It is believed that God fills the sukka with His presence to commune with His people. Each year, I sense Him there. He never disappoints me.
Enter – the Lulav!
The Lulav is a bouquet of 3 leafy branches gathered together with an Etrog or citroen. Together, we wave them as part of the celebration!
The waving is symbolic. We wave the Lulav in every direction and recite the Psalms with joy! It symbolizes the blessings of the presence and peace of the Lord, flowing out to the four corners of the earth.
I love the Lulav for that reason.
I want my life to be like the waving Lulav, bringing God’s presence and peace with me everywhere I go. I want to spread the joy and love of Jesus.
I thank the Lord for all He has done and for the great Harvest that is coming. I thank Him for allowing me to be His helper in the field!
My heart is waving blessings and love to all of you, who read the reviews and blog of Aunty Lulav! My prayer is that His peace and the joy for the Harvest will abound in each of you as you walk in the earth and spread His love!