Atonement Thoughts

And so we approach Yom Kippur, the day Jewish people fast, recall all their sins of the past year, and atone for them. That done, they hope to approach the new year with a clean slate–and a sincere desire to do better.

It’s not so different from making a Catholic Confession, or the many other ways all religions help members try and catch their maker’s ear with the hope of another chance to find grace.

If you have no affiliation, I believe your God is everywhere, most of all in your own heart and mind, and you can find solace wherever you are, saying whatever you feel to him or her.

For of course the ultimate goal in asking for forgiveness (and getting it) from yourself.

It’s also a good time to walk through the memorial park where your loved ones rest and sit down on a bench for a visit.

I recently saw this on my Facebook Page:

“Slow down and enjoy the journey. 2018 reminded me that when it is our time to leave this body no one can stop it. We have one life to live. The material things we invest in are left behind only to be discarded….”

I always believed the message I heard at the funeral of a loved one: “There is some discussion about whether there is Heaven and Hell. Some believe your spirit’s afterlife lies in the way you are remembered by your loved ones. If they often recall you with stories about love and joy, you’ve pretty much got it made.

Try doing that for your loved ones who are gone, and leave enough good memories for the kids to do that for you.
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