And today is Yom Teruach or Rosh Hashanna or The Day of Trumpets and also known as the beginning of the Jewish new year but this is only a civil or governmental new year...the real New Year is at Passover in the spring.
But my thankful thing for today is for Brother Dick Webster receiving a Shofar from the Twilley family following one of their first trips to Israel. He thanked them and placed it for all to see. I was fascinated! How would it sound, would it be simple to blow, .......would it be like blowing a conch shell [my great grandfather blew one of those] ?..... or like blowing a blade of grass between your thumbs [many times we had squealed tunes on greenery!] ? I had played the coronet trumpet in 5th and 6th grades of elementary school....could I get any sound from it? I was aching to know!
I asked waited until most people had left the building and asked Bro Dick if I could blow it. "YES", he said!!!!
I took it in hand, held it to my lips and blew...oh what a glorious sound came forth! What fun! What an honor! I LOVED IT!
Today I blow the shofar to open our Sunday morning worship every week and I have learned to use it in worship and in intercessory prayer. I have heard many blown, and though it seems very easy to me I have also had the privileged to teach others to blow it. A day or two ago I got to hear it played as part of an orchestra!
So this morning I will blow it as a battle cry, one to call us to remember any sin we have and repent. I love to blow the shofar and I am thankful that today I get to blow it many times as we begin the fall holidays!
Wonder if it is sounded in heaven and Gene will get to hear it there? If so, I bet it is even better!
I choose to find something to be Thankful for Every Day.