Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book of Life

All that matters now...
It's where we go from here...
There's an easier life if we live for today...
Find out all we are is all that matters...

{Christina Perri's cover of All That Matters - from Finding Neverland}

Yom Kippur begins tonight.

25 hours of somber reflection.
25 hours filled with fasting, praying, and meditation.

One of the most important images of Yom Kippur is the concept that the gates of Heaven are wide open and it's the last chance to get each of our personal prayers to God before the Book of Life is written and sealed for the year.

As a child, this was such a scary concept. What did the year ahead hold for me? Had my talking back cost me a spot in the Book of Life? My small lie? My teasing my sister?

Now, as an adult, I see it as a chance to ask God for guidance in the year ahead. The past few years have had their fair shares of ups and downs. If I've learned anything from them is that nothing is certain, but I can ask God to provide me with guidance and strength to take the year by the horns.

As Yom Kippur ends tomorrow night, as I hear the shofar blown one last time, I will focus on embracing the year ahead. Living life for each day and for what it is. Nothing is certain, I am ready to see what happens.

G'mar chatimah tova - May we be inscribed in the Book of Life for good.

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17 thoughts on the matter:

Nicki said... {Reply}

Perfect image and lyrics to your Yom Kippur. Strangely enough, in life's uncertainty there is peace to be found in living for the day and putting yesterday behind us.

aspiritofsimplicity said... {Reply}

I love this Jewish tradition. I was raised Catholic but I find myself, at this point in my life, welcoming all kinds of traditions into my life. We are all one people, one love, one God.

Gina Kleinworth said... {Reply}

I love this - time to reflect & redirect our focus is so needed.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said... {Reply}

Beautiful!! Loved hearing what Yom Kippur was all about!

Adrienne said... {Reply}

Such a thought provoking combination of photo/"fortune"/lyric and thought. Funny how we long for certainty, acknowledge the lack thereof, and turn to faith to fill in the gap. Love how your childhood fear has been replaced by secure pursuit of guidance. The older I get, the more I believe that it's the seeking, and not the finding....the questions, and not the answers that are the most fulfilling and keep us anchored in the moment. Thanks so much for this glimpse into your faith journey!

Tom said... {Reply}

My best to you at this special time.

NC Sue said... {Reply}

Very nice... very true.
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Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

Praying for guidance for what lies ahead... That's what I tend to ask for these days.

Pieni Lintu said... {Reply}

Have a lovely week. Thanks for sharing!

likeschocolate said... {Reply}

Thanks for sharing! I did not know all that about this holiday! May it bring peace to you and your family. I think there is something for all of us to learn from this holiday. Have a happy week!

Kathy McB said... {Reply}

Truer words were never spoken...never underestimate the wisdom of a fortune cookie! Thanks for sharing at Song-ography.

Ida said... {Reply}

Wow that quote is really so true.

Clairejustine oxox said... {Reply}

Lovely quote Tamar, have a lovely week :)

Thanks for linking up ...

Molly said... {Reply}

Reminds me of another saying I heard once which was, the only certainty is the now and even that is a bit uncertain

Mollyxxx

Jill Harrison said... {Reply}

yes live the life that we have been given well. It is not important what we are dealt, but how we deal with it. Blessings to you and your family. Have a wonderful week and thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

bettyl-NZ said... {Reply}

You are so right, my bloggy friend! Hubby lost his job this month and I am just going to enjoy and trust God's Hand in our lives. What other choice is there!

Dara @ Not In Jersey said... {Reply}

I hope you had a good one!