Last night, my wife and I celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the new year on the Hebrew calendar. As I have written already, it is a time of reflection and repentance. Looking back over the past year, we talked about things that we didn’t do so well for God’s glory in our lives. We confessed to one another shortcomings in our lives that we know exist and that we detest and really want to purge.
We had a wonderful meal together. Missy made Honey Glazed Cornish Hens, Couscous with vegetables, and a green bean dish. For desert, she made a traditional Rosh Hashanah cake called “Hannah’s Honey Cake”, YUM!
After dinner we read scriptures associated with the holiday (Holy Day) and after each passage, we prayed together regarding the passage. For example, one account we read about was the story of Hannah and how she gave up her son, Samuel, to the Lord, after which we prayed specifically for our son, Jayd.
After reading several passages and praying from each, we then took our journals and set aside a page. At the top of the page we each put both our names, one on the top left and one at the top right, drawing a line down the center of the page from top to bottom. Then we took turns telling one another the things that were weighing heaviest on our hearts that need improving in our lives. Some were obvious to both of us and some were surprises. Each one sparked great conversation and prayer. (Sorry, I’m not going to share those things here!) We have committed to each other to take those lists and pray over them every day.
How was your night?
Rosh Hashanah lasts for the next 10 days leading up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Remember Rosh Hashanah is a time of reflection and repentance. Repentance must always precede atonement.
What does God have for you…just around the corner?