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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Rosh Hashanah / Yom Kippur

In Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur,
the hand holding the shofar represents mankind asking for
God's mercy and forgiveness from sin.
The sin is represented by the brown at the bottom of the window,
and what is depicted here is at once triumphant and yet repentant.

I offer the following Islamic poem to illustrate the meaning of Yom Kippur.
This is the holiest of says for Jews. It is the Day of Atonement. For individual Jews this is a day to make things right with God. I find this similar to what Moslems do daily as they submit to God in prayer. Atonement means "at one ment" (to be one with God.) Through atonement we are returned to what we are created to be. . .the best we can be. Through prayer and fasting one seeks this.

For more information on Judaism,

Allah Won't Ask (By Anonymous)

Allah won't ask what kind of car you drove, but
He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation.

Allah won't ask the square footage of your house, but
He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

Allah won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet, but
He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.

Allah won't ask what your highest salary was, but
He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.

Allah won't ask what your job title was, but
He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.

Allah won't ask how many friends you had, but
He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

Allah won't ask in what neighborhood you lived, but
He'll ask how you treated your neighbors.

Allah won't ask about the color of your skin, but
He'll ask about the content of your character.

Allah won't ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation, but
He'll lovingly take you to your mansion in heaven, and not to the gates of Hell.


At 9:24 p.m., Blogger Faith said...

Love your blog, absolutely love your perspective. I'm wondering if you've ever read "Life of Pi", you remind me of the main character. He has an interesting view on religion. I'd love to know more about your interest in Shia Islam ;p

At 7:46 a.m., Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I have not read "Life of Pi". Now I think I must.


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