Friday, September 29, 2017

Yom Kippur - A Christian Perspective

Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, (the Sabbath of Sabbaths) begins at sunset today, ending tomorrow at sunset. This day ends the High Holy Days of the Jewish faith (also known as the “Days of Awe”) which began with Rosh Hashanah (this year at sunset on September 20th).  Judaism teaches that God inscribes each person’s fate for the coming year into the Book of Life on Rosh Hashanah and waits for Yom Kippur to “seal” each person's fate for the coming year. It is observed in the Jewish faith by fasting, prayer, abstaining from physical pleasures, refraining from work, and attending special prayer and worship services. Leviticus 16 describes God’s instructions given to Moses for Aaron for special sacrifices for the Day of Atonement.

Most Christians don't observe Yom Kippur simply because as believers in Jesus Christ,  we believe that  Jesus fulfilled the law and therefore, we are not bound by the law of the old covenant. The new covenant, made through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the atonement of our sins, frees us from the law of the old covenant. Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17.)*  Those who belong to Jesus are assured of having their names written in the Book of Life and will not perish.

While I, as a Christian, do not observe the High Holy days of Judaism, I have always thought that Yom Kippur and the preceding High Holy Days are an appropriate time for all believers to reflect on our actions, thoughts, words, and the nature of our hearts over the last year and make sincere repentance. For we all fall short and sin and only by His grace will we be saved and not perish, not by anything that we can do, but because of what he has done and freely given to all of us who believe.

(Matthew 5:17, Leviticus 16, Romans 3:19, Romans 3:21-29, Revelation 20:15)

* A good explanation/interpretation of Matthew 5:17 can be found here:



Thursday, September 28, 2017

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

One of my favorite songs. Such beautiful lyrics, reminding us to stretch and deepen our faith and trust.



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Hello, Autumn!

I am happy to say goodbye to this summer. It was long, hot and at its end, brought so much pain and devastation to so many.  My prayer is that those who are hurting from the fury of the hurricanes, fires, flooding, earthquakes, and volcanoes will somehow be able to find hope in the One who never forgets those in need.   

But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
Psalm 9:18

Hope is what allows the human spirit to survive and revive even in the darkest days. May those sitting now in the devastation that has left them homeless, injured, broken-hearted, mourning for those who died, and wondering where and what they will do, somehow find the Hope that is in Him. 

 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
Psalm 33:20
...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
 they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31

May the change of the season bring with it calm and peace and unity and may our hope rest in the Lord.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Psalm 62:6

          Praying for the safety of those fleeing Irma, those who stayed behind, and those brave
 first responders who are standing ready to help all those in need.
May God protect and keep you all. 



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Autumn Is Just Around the Corner

September is upon us and autumn is just around the corner.  Thinking of autumn leaves, pumpkins, football and all those other lovely things that autumn brings.  In keeping with that mood, a photo from a 2012 trip to Jekyll in early December (the weather change comes later there) is the backdrop for today's inspirational verse from the book of Psalm. 

Have a great day!