Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
Thank you, guys -
This morning, I copied a BUNCH of data files from this to my notebook.
I also downloaded and ran a registry cleaner.
God performs miracles, absolutely.
And a prudent Christian does what they can to take care of what they can.
An ounce of prevention - -
Today, the Jewish people celebrate the last day of Sukkot, called Hoshana Rabba, which means Great Salvation. Judgement for the year is rendered on Rosh Hashanah, completed on Yom Kippur, and delivered on Hoshana Rabba, today.
Today, they will gather in the synagogue and have prayers and responsive readings from the prayer book. The entire congregation then marches around the Bima (raised area at the front) seven times. Following this, they beat willow branches on the floor five times. There is no blessing recited over this portion since it is merely a custom.
It is customary to stay awake all night (that is last night, as the Jewish day begins at sundown) and recite the Tikkun service, read from Deuteronomy , recite the entire book of Psalms, and through this to join the night and the day through study and prayer.
On this day, festive clothes are worn, some white as on Yom Kippur. They also light the candles which remain from Yom Kippur. They eat an especially festive meal today, and later on a light snack and special prayer is recited after this last act of dwelling in the booth.
I have always been a little blank on all the ceremony and traditions observed in the Jewish community, especially those with no scriptural reference. But after attending a Jewish service on Yom Kippur, I have to say that these people are some of the warmest and most loving folks I have ever been around. One thing particularly that struck me was the kissing – They greet each other with a kiss at about the frequency that Christians exchange hugs. But the New Testament, OUR book, says:
Romans 16:15-16 (NCV);
Greetings to Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and to all God’s people with them. Greet each other with a holy kiss. All of Christ’s churches send greetings to you.
Verse 17 addresses well, I believe, those who oppose the Jewish people:
"Brothers and sisters, I ask you to look out for those who cause people to be against each other and who upset other people’s faith. They are against the true teaching you learned, so stay away from them."
May God bless each and every one of you -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.