Rosh Hashanah. Happy New Year - Encouragement Café - September 25, 2014

Rosh Hashanah. Happy New Year

Café Menu for Thursday, September 25, 2014

Today’s Special is: Wake Up! 

Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Mindy Lee Hopman

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Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.

Psalm 89:15 NIV


The burst of sound scared me! My ears were ringing. I couldn’t sleep even if I tried! It wasn’t blown once, but several times, as if the person blowing the shofar was saying, Wake up sleepy head! Wake up!

Listening to the shofar, eating apple slices dipped in honey, and spending the day in temple instead of school are just a few of my childhood Rosh Hashanah memories.  

Rosh Hashanah, otherwise known as The Feast of Trumpets, signifies the beginning of the harvest season. In the beginning of the seventh Hebrew month, the shofar is blown to wake us up out of spiritual drowsiness. In the Old Testament, the Jews sacrificed a burnt offering on the altar to the Lord.

Rosh Hashanah is a time to humble ourselves, lay worldliness aside, make peace with God, pray, and listen for His voice.

It’s also a time of anticipation of what’s to come.

God is doing a new thing and this is just the beginning. Rosh Hashanah used to be about what I needed to do in order to have a sweet new year, so that my name would be inscribed in the Book of Life. The cross is about what has been done for each one who calls God Father. In Christ, the blowing of the trumpets represents the preaching of the Gospel (Good News).

Sweet friends, it’s time for us to wake up, turn back to God, and believe! Those who call upon His name will have our names written in the Book of Life forever. Jesus Christ, the final sacrifice, died for our sin and one day He will come back again!

Take Out:

Are you awake?

Have you come out of your Spiritual slumber?

If you believe God sent His Son for you, then you have received Him and become His child. Each day is a gift in which we live with great anticipation until He returns and we live forever with Him!  


Heavenly Father, We praise You for the trumpet calling! We praise You for the Good News! Thank You for sending Your Son to die on the cross for me. Thank You for this time of renewal – a time when I may humble myself and turn back to You. May my ears ring with the sounds of joy and gladness, as I wait with hopeful anticipation for the trumpet to sound again which will announce the second coming of Jesus. Lord, today, I want to live awake and alive in You so that I may be with You forever. Thank You for the great harvest You are planting.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

© 2014 by Mindy Lee Hopman. All rights reserved.

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Originally published Thursday, 25 September 2014.