Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

*I just realized this somehow never got posted. So even though Rosh Hashana was a couple of days ago, I thought I'd post it anyways...

Since last Saturday, I've been meditating on the name/characteristic of the King of Kings. God's highlighted it in one way or another almost every day. Silly me, didn't put the connection together till this morning that it's Rosh Hashana....when the characteristic of King is emphasized.

He is the King of all Kings....even the most powerful, most richest, most blessed king on this earth doesn't even remotely compare to my King, who is ruler over all. And that King....knows me. He sees me. He loves me. He wants what's best for me. He longs for me to know Him as much as He knows me. He longs for that intimate relationship with me, that blocks out the world and only revolves around us.Yet, He rules the nations. The universe is at His control. And everyone will someday bow before His throne...and the whole world will acknowledge His kingship.

I love this holiday....when I'm reminded that who God is, is far beyond my comprehension...but I'm safe and secure in that knowledge. He has the ultimate control. He has the the supreme dominion.

My Father, my King.....may this new year be embraced as a year of new outlooks, renewed purposes, and renewed hope to reach the goals that lays before us. 
My Father, my King.....may this year be a year we walk in your ways, deeper and more steady than we did the year before.
My Father, my King.....may our eyes be opened to the increase of gifts and blessings around us.
My Father, my King.....may you continue to cleanse our hearts and make us more like You.

Don't forget...Rosh Hashana is a time of reflection and repentance. Draw close to His heart...hear His words of correction...and allow Him to change you...making you more and more like Him. 

I'll leave you, once again, with my favorite song/prayer that is sung on this holiday.... Avinu Malkeinu. When the congregation sings this song, I tear up every time. This version is slower than the version the congregation sings...but it's Barbra...sooooooo ya.

And don't forget to eat your apples and honey!