Yom Kippur: Before and After COVID

Anyone who doubts the spiritual toll COVID has taken on Israel and around the world needs only to look at this comparison. (Top: Western Wall on Yom Kippur 2020, bottom: Western Wall on Yom Kippur 2019)

Yom Kippur is the holiest, most solemn day of the year on the Hebrew calendar. It is a time of reflection and repentance, and it is a day in which observant, and even non-observant, Jews typically cram the Western Wall Plaza in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Western Wall is most sacred to the Jewish people, as it is as close as they may come to where the Temple once stood.

While it is true we don’t need a designated special place to converse and interact with God, the idea of Jewish people faithfully approaching the Western Wall in fervent prayer is an outward illustration of how we, as Christians, should approach the throne room of God in prayer.

I wonder…is our own place (attitude) of prayer sparcely populated? When is the last time we reflected upon God’s gift of salvation to us, then cried out to God in repentance? Just as Jewish people, faithful to their beliefs, steadfastly pray at the Western Wall, I hope each of us will be steadfastly faithful to enter into our place of prayer.

Don’t let COVID stop you, and don’t let the schemes of the devil stop you!

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

~Hebrews 4:14-16

Draw near friends…our High Priest is waiting to hear from you!

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