Marcheshvan (shortened to Cheshvan or Heshvan; the eighth month of the ecclesiastical/biblical year of the Hebrew calendar, second month of the civil Jewish year) literally means “eighth month”.
And here’s your challenge for the month of Cheshvan:
1. Do a word study on the word “grace”.
This can be as extensive or brief as you would like. Here are a few suggestions:
- Check out the definition in an English dictionary
- Look up the word in a Bible dictionary and/or concordance
- Do a chain reference search of the word through the Bible
- Where is it first mentioned?
- Follow that word through the scriptures. (There are chain reference Bibles, concordances such as Strong’s Concordance, and countless on-line tools you can use for this step.)
- What stories/characters from the Bible do you think best portray the meaning of this word?
- What people do you know (or that you have read about) that personify this word?
- Look for quotes related to this word that are especially potent or meaningful, that help you understand this word, or that simply resonate with you.
2. CHOOSE a PICTURE or SYMBOL to represent the word “grace”.
- This can be as simple as printing an on-line image,
- taking and printing a photo of something in your world that reminds you of this word,
- drawing or painting a picture,
- selecting an object or charm as we have had for themes on previous retreats,
- or any other original idea that comes to mind.