Phyllis recommended Ushpizin last April, and Helen and I finally got to watch it.  We loved it!  Highly recommended.

Ushpizin is the story of a Jewish couple in modern-day Israel during Succot, the “feast of booths”.  They are at a tough time in life, with no money and without the essentials needed to properly celebrate Succot, so they pray for a miracle.  But when God grants them their prayer, it’s more than they bargained for!

Like Phyllis I was struck with and challenged by the sincerity of their prayers and their faith.  The movie reminded me of what James wrote long ago:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverence must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything.