A Year of Fulfilled Dreams


September 25, 2018rainbow-over-be

Shalom Mishpochah,

Chag Sameach!  I pray you are rejoicing in Adonai during this season of Sukkot.

Many of you may have seen my post on FB from Yom Kippur evening.  I’m including the picture in this email.  It rained all day and around 6:00 pm it was a torrential downpour.  I had to drive from the synagogue to the college to pick up Abigail from her last class and I could barely see. However, the rain subsided and between 6:30 and 7:00 pm a full rainbow appeared over the synagogue.  It was amazing.  The colors were so brilliant.  No one could capture the entire rainbow in one picture and the pictures do not do justice to the beauty of what we saw. Immediately our hearts were encouraged.

Most people are familiar with the biblical story of Noach (Noah) and the ark.  It concludes with Adonai placing a rainbow in the sky instructing Noach that whenever he saw the rainbow it was to remind him that G-d would always keep His promise to never destroy the earth again with a flood.  Unfortunately, the rainbow has been hijacked in our society and associated with so many things that are the opposite of its Creator and its original intent.

The next day as I was reflecting on this beautiful rainbow, I felt Adonai encourage me that this would be a year of promises fulfilled.  In my message this past Shabbat (which you can listen to at the link below) I shared how I often do not understand the timing of G-d.  I can relate to something Corrie Ten Boom once said, “G-d is never late, but He misses a lot of opportunities to be early.”  Yet, in the midst of my lack of understanding, I know this to be true – Adonai is Faithful!  It is who G-d is.  He is faithful to His character and to His word.

Many times we read in the Scriptures that G-d always fulfills His word.  He doesn’t lie or change His mind. Adonai is encouraging us to rise up in faith toward those promises in His word that He has made for our lives, our family and the congregation.  Remember that G-d is ALWAYS faithful.  Cling to Him and His word over your life.  Don’t let go of the promises because of circumstances.  Don’t allow discouragement to rob you of His word.  Don’t let your lack of understanding push out the hope of a fulfilled promise in your life.

Instead let us emulate the father of faith – Avraham.  Romans 4. 20 tells us, “And he did not waver in unbelief at the promise of God, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.”  The Message version of the Bible says, “He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God.”  Don’t be afraid to trust, to believe.  Refuse to give into doubt and unbelief.  Stand firm in your faith in the G-d who loves you and who is at work in your life even when you cannot see it.  Let us, like Avraham, be fully convinced that G-d is able to perform His word over our lives.  Let us enter into this year of 5779 with great anticipation to see the many promises come to pass.


Rabbi Carol Calise

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