Entering 5778



September 20, 2017

L’Shanah Tovah,

As the evening approaches and we are finalizing our preparations to welcome in the new year of 5778 on the Jewish calendar, I wanted to encourage you with a few words to start this new year.

You may be a person who doesn’t like new things or you may be someone who is so ready for 5777 to be over.  Whichever type of person you are, I feel Adonai would encourage all of us to embrace this new year with a spirit of adventure and expectation for what He has in store for us.

Our world has recently seen so many natural disasters with the hurricanes and earthquakes of the last couple of weeks. On top of that, many of us have our own personal troubles that we are trying to sort through as well.  Abigail and I were hit by another car a couple of weeks ago as we were leaving the college she attends. This left us without a car for a week and we are still trying to sort through the insurance issues with the three different insurance companies involved.  All of these things can overwhelm us and even immobilize us preventing us from experiencing all that Adonai has for us.  These things  can take the wind out of our sails.

However, the truth is that Adonai is with us even through these storms of life, whether they be literal (like our recent hurricanes) or figurative.  He has promised to never ever leave us.  In the new year ahead He wants to reveal more of Himself to you and me.  He wants us to know Him in new ways that we have not experienced before.  This could mean we might have some challenges to face, but He is right there with us to show us the way.

I just finished reading 1 Chronicles a couple of weeks ago and want to share a verse that encouraged me.  “Be strong, be bold, and do it! Don’t be afraid or become discouraged! For Adonai, God, my God, is with you.”  1 Chronicles 28.20    This word was spoken to Shlomo (Solomon) by his father David who was encouraging him concerning the task of building the Temple that Solomon was called to do by Adonai.

I believe G-d wants each of us to rise up in courage and boldness because He has new things for us to do in 5778 to advance the kingdom of G-d and to see many people impacted with the Good News of Messiah.  Don’t let fear and discouragement grab a hold of your heart.  Instead, allow Adonai’s presence to captivate your heart and get ready for a new adventure with Him.

He is a good G-d and always brings good things into the lives of His children.  Rabbi Michael and I pray that you and your family will be blessed beyond measure in this new year and may you courageously advance the kingdom of G-d in your sphere of influence.


Rabbi Carol

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