Day of Atonement

Tishri 10

May our eyes see Your kingdom, as it is expressed in the songs of Your might, written by the hand of David, Your righteous anointed.


I remember being a six- or seven-year old child, eagerly awaiting the arrival of my favorite uncle. He lived oceans away from us, so I did not get to see him a whole lot. But when he was in town, all the cousins, nieces and nephews were excited. This uncle brought presents, played every instrument we could think of, and always made time to hang out with us.


This is how I knew he had arrived: I noticed a suitcase in the hallway, a guitar case in the living room, smells of special foods coming from the kitchen, and the tales of his latest adventures on my mother’s and aunties lips. I had not laid eyes on my uncle yet, but I knew he was here.


It is much the same when it comes to seeing the kingdom. The question is, are the signs of His kingdom visible in our midst? Is the audacious love of the Father and the authoritative power of His word present in our homes and relationships? Are the tales of Yeshua’s self-sacrificial death and resurrection ever on our lips? When meditating on scriptures like Psalms 48 for instance, are we in one accord with the sons of Korah, saying: “As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of Adonai Tz’vaot”? It is my prayer that the answer is an astounding and ever growing YES! May our eyes see Your Kingdom!


Abba, on this day of Yom Kippur, I come to You, thanking You for taking away our sins with the blood of Yeshua and for hearing my repentant cries. “Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22). We thank you that we are eternally written in the Book of Life, and that Your Ruach is the evidence of Your kingdom in my life today. Today, we join our voices, Jew and Gentile, together through the blood of Yeshua, and we confess corporately as one people before You. On this Day of Atonement, we cry repentantly together longing for intimacy with You. Your kingdom is here. Open our eyes that we may see Your kingdom now, in heaven and on earth, in the land of the living! Amen.