The Google dictionary gives the meaning as “the most solemn religious fast of the Jewish year, the last of the ten days of penitence that begin with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). Also called Day of Atonement.“
Ignoring for now Google stating it is a Jewish day, it is a solemn fast day a ” day of at one ment”. One should meditate on what separates us from God while one fasts.
Clearly I have many shortcomings still. I was wondering how I was going to manage fasting here. The staff have a hard enough time understanding the kosher foods thing.
After the unfortunate altercation with the nurse this morning – I did not really have a chance to explain to her my dilemma. I have been struggling with the new medication prescription for two weeks now and really thought I had it sorted out. Now it is clear that is not the case at all.
It is clear that I will have to leave here. It’s a pity as I thought I was starting to contribute. Not sure where I will go. Everybody is avoiding me like the plague. I even passed the boss in the hallway and she would not greet me.
One good thing is that I don’t have to worry about explaining Yom Kippur.
As I was lying in bed this morning waiting for my medication to come, I was reflecting on how difficult the fast was for the children! I remember once two of them snug away and ate a lot of vitamin tablets they had found in the bathroom cabinet.
We used to watch for the sunset, while we kept the tea things ready in the kitchen and the water on the boil. And getting the toast and marmite ready. Even Marmite tasted heavenly!
Strange to think of Marmite on this day. The day has certainly been spoiled. But it is certainly part of God’s fall festivals. I must foreshadow how we must change before the kingdom can be set up. As it comes after Yom Teruah and before the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) I wondered if it is something Jesus will do after he comes back.
If Elijah comes back again, he will probably explain it to us as part of his task of turning the hearts. Was this part of Malachi’s prophesy fulfilled by John the Baptist (Matthew 11:13–15)? I think the need of turning the hearts is still there and I feel an urgency.