Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement — is considered the Sabbath of Sabbaths for the Jewish people.
This sacred Holy Day is a reflective time of prayer, repentance, fasting, and charity. It is also a time for community and coming together. I am reminded of what the Lord tells us about community, companionship, and charity in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12:
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
This is a vivid reminder that it is not enough to simply feel sympathy for the needy or to only pray for them. We are to help supply the necessities of life they lack, to help them up, to help them stay warm and safe!
You can take action with a heart of reflection and charity by giving your best gift today. In solidarity, we can say to the Jewish people, “We stand together as a cord of three strands!”
You can be the one who lifts them up today, and all year long, with your gift of love and support through The Fellowship.