Began for us on Shabbat evening with prayer, a vegie soup + Brett reading from Leviticus 23. Then we had a discussion and look into whether or not the Scriptures actually said to 'fast' on this day and what 'afflicting your soul' or 'denying yourself' looks like in the Hebrew meanings. We talked about understanding mans traditions vs understanding what the Bible actually teaches.
Again, it's not wrong to fast and infact, it most likely was the practice in the New Testament (still looking into this one - Acts 27 verse especially in the Greek) but it is important to us to know tradition from instruction.
The older two children and I sat up and thought about needs of our friends, our local community, our nation + Israel that we wanted to pray for.
Thank you for your company, chats, your listening ears, your kind hearts + and your smiles!
May YHVH bless you all greatly!
After that, we opened the prayer box and each took one to pray aloud...
um...too cute to not include. She looks like she is intent on reading it aloud hey! so cute!
We prayed that God would forgive the sins of our forefathers of our nation, we prayed for our friends + for our community for those who don't know Him. It was brief but very 'our family' - children wriggling, baby crying, etc. Not 'perfect' in someone else's eyes but perfect in mine because it is who our family is!
I have been reminded so many times over lately that man sees only the outward appearance but God sees the heart!