On August 6, according to the Jewish calendar the month of Elul began. This month is significant because it is in preparation for Rosh Hashanah which begin at sunset Wednesday, September 4, 2013 and ends at nightfall Friday, September 6, 2013. It is a time of repentance, reflection, and forgiveness. It calls us to clear our minds, souls and bodies of the things which separate us from God. As I’ve been studying this significance of this month, I’ve learned special prayers will be offered for past sins committed not only by the individual, but also for the entire family. I am reminded of Nehemiah, who upon his return to Jerusalem, asked God to forgive him, and Israel their past sins. It is a beautiful prayer. It recounts everything Israel did in the past, and include the sins of those present at the time of the dedication of the temple. No one was exempt.
As this month continues, Jews will offer special prayers, recite the 27th Psalm, and be awaken by the shofar[ram’s horn]. The major focus is, however on repentance. On turning away from the sins that so easily beset us, and going before a Holy God and seeking forgiveness with a sincere heart. And as we do, our souls are restored, and “He will lead us beside still waters, and anoint our heads with His oil.” Then “goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives where we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
I’ve taken to heart the significance of this month, and asked the Lord to forgive me, and my family for our sins. This is a holy time, and because of it, I will be taking more time to reflect on His word. So dear readers, my posts will not come as often as before. (You probably noticed) I encourage you to do the same. Don’t miss this special time. Cover yourself in His word. Spend time only with Him. Turn off some stuff. Get quiet and listen for Him. Repent. Reflect. Forgive those who wronged you. Prepare for the coming season with joy, love, appreciation, and anticipation. It is Elul.