Happy New year again.
This is the time of year to celebrate Jewish New Year and then to begin again with repenting on Yom Kippur. Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi so I so want to understand and participate in Jewish holidays and traditions. Often these help us see more richness in the Bible.
Yes, I know it may seem crazy but we celebrate Jan and a new year, Feb we celebrate Chinese New Year (we have many culturally different friends from our church,) in the spring we have an Iranian New Year (I worked with a doctor from Iran.).We have a corporate new year in the summer and then the fall we celebrate and reset again. So I purpose to restart anything that is not going well five times a year.
21 But in my mind I keep returning to something,
something that gives me hope —
22 that the grace of ADONAI is not exhausted,
that his compassion has not ended.
23 [On the contrary,] they are new every morning!
How great your faithfulness!
24 “ADONAI is all I have,” I say;
“therefore I will put my hope in him.
from the complete Jewish Bible.
This is my favorite verse on God renewing us with His compassion and grace, daily.
This has been a crazy year with lots of work at my ministry. Been busy and reworking the call on my life. I have been in a battle for my health and in most ways I am winning. So the shorting of my blogging. Still unable to work I am three days working at prayer ministry, and my continued studying. In my faith we believe that God’s mercies are new everyday. So forgiveness and mercy are ongoing with the renewal of our soul through our Savior, Jesus. Happy New Year , joyful new day.
New Years day has come and gone. Since I have moved around the United States and lived in different places I have made notes on the different new year celebrations. Some people eat black eyed peas and cabbage. In the south collard greens are a special treat and normally easy to come by even in the beginning of winter.
In NW Arkansas they had to have cabbage and corned beef. Certain foods would indicate good luck if you ate them the first day of the year. I live in Atlanta, a very cosmopolitan, international, city, and I have the privilege of meeting people from all over the world. As I learn about other people and their way of celebrating different things I learned that not every one has the same new year. My Chinese Student friends have a new year shortly after the calendar new year we celebrate. In 2011 it is Feb 3 and the year of the rabbit. Apparently they have a very old calendar and base it on the lunar cycles so it changes all the time. So I can commemorate new year again. Then my Iranian boss celebrates on the spring solstice often at Sunday 2:oopm March 20.
Ah and then in the fall the Jewish new year begins September 28 2011 at sundown. Let’s see, that makes, one two, three, four, new starts. Each one has a different way of celebrating although I enjoy the ones that include food, so many different types of that. Then there can be new goals, new guidance, new excitement.
One of my favorite scripture that allows me to have a renewed mercy every morning is lamentations 3:20-23(amplified version)
But this I recall, and therefore I have hope and expectation: It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving kindness that we are not consumed, because His tender compassions (mercy) never fail. They are new every morning, great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.
As I meet the one true Jesus in the morning with worship to commune with His father, I am reminded that I have a new chance every morning (or whenever I ask) for new mercy and forgiveness anytime I have the courage to repent, forgive and be forgiven. Lots of chance for new beginnings.