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Prayer For Week of September 2 – L’shanah Tovah!

September 2, 2013
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Tomorrow my 11 year old son is teaching a class on Rosh Hashanah for our homeschool group.  While working on his lesson he commented to me that we sure celebrate New Year’s a lot.  He’s right.  In January we celebrate New Year’s with everyone else.  Then about 2 months later we celebrate Mongolian New Year with our family and Mongolian friends.  Then, come September, we celebrate the Jewish New Year with friends and family who also observe the Jewish feasts.

That’s three times a year to get that New Year’s feeling.  Like new-car-smell on the calendar.  New resolutions.  New chances to start fresh and do better, be better, live fuller.

I remember that old song by Carolyn Arends, New Year’s Day.  “This would be my resolution, every day is New Year’s Day….”  Cute.  But, actually……as believers it is true.  We really can have as many “New Year’s” as we want.  We can start fresh.  We can begin again.  We can get our slate wiped clean whenever we need to.  We simply turn our faces towards the Lord and ask for mercy.

It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  

They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

This season that we’re in, is historically and prophetically a time of great mercy.  Even though this season from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur is a time of judgment, Jews wear white, trim their beards and rejoice.  Because they know that although they are in a time of introspection and facing God’s judgment, God is a God of mercy.  Great mercy.  Of course we know this because we have experienced it first hand in the person of Jesus Christ.  He took our judgment (all rightfully our due) and gave us His mercy.  That fact alone gives us this New Year and every new year and every single day a cause for joy.

There’s a lot of scary things going on in the world right now.  Wars and rumors of wars.  Scary weather, scary financial outlook, scary to see our young people growing up in such a violent time.

And yet…..

And yet…..

Let’s not forget that we are facing a New Year.  And as the world passes before the Light and God judges all people, we stand under a great umbrella of mercy because Christ spread it out for us.

And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  Exodus 33:19

So this week we’ll eat our bread with gladness and dip our apples in honey.  We’ll pray for the world and ask the Lord for peace.  Join us?

L'Shanah Tovah

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who makes us holy with commandments and commanded us to kindle the lights of Shabbat and the Day of Remembrance. Blessed are You, Lord our God, who has kept us alive and sustained us, and allowed us to reach this season.  

May God bless you and make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah. May God bless you and make you like Ephraim and Manasseh. May God bless you protect you. May God lift the divine countenance to you and be gracious to you. May God’s countenance shine upon you and grant you peace.  

AMEN.

(Linked to Manic MondayMostly Homemade Monday and Hearts For Home Hop)

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