Every fall my pastor and his wife take a few days away and quiet down somewhere seeking the Lord for His direction for the coming year. I think this is fantastic. What a great time of year to do this! It goes right along with the fall Jewish feast of Rosh Hashanah where our Jewish friends and also many followers of Jesus Christ celebrate their Hebraic roots. There's a saying, "No man knows the hour or the day" so the celebration began this year on September 28 lasting through September 30. I love Rosh Hashanah and as a Christian I celebrate for these reasons:
- The shofar or Ram’s Horn is blown representing the crowning of the people’s king. The celebration of music and dance is joyful and worshipful. One day the final trumpet will sound when Jesus comes back for His Bride and we will meet Him in the air!
- It is the entering into a time of serious reflection for a solid week ending on Yom Kippur, a day of fasting. This is a neat time of pressing into the Lord making sure nothing is hindering as we seek Him with sober purpose to strengthen our relationship with Him.
- It is a time of eagerness to hear God’s leading for the coming year asking Him for good health, peace and prosperity.
- It’s a special time of the year for us Christians to be givers showing God we are serious about planting a significant seed into His kingdom and propagating the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a portal, or window, of special blessing. There are three Jewish feast days in scripture that require a special offering and Rosh Hashanah is a priority.
- And what about the food? I love to prepare a beef brisket in a sweet sauce for a special dinner along with Challah bread and dip my apple slices in honey for dessert!
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the New Year in the Hebrew calendar. It means "Head of the Year." It is an opportune time to seek the Lord and ask for His direction for the coming year. He has been so faithful to answer me over the years. Two years ago the word was trust and I learned to trust Him more deeply. Last year the word was love and I’m amazed at all He taught me about His love. I look forward to what God will reveal for this coming year. I’m ready to listen.