By: Jodie McEwen
Awe can help us be more generous and empathetic.
It connects us to the divine and make us feel like we’re part of something bigger than ourselves. Activating awe shifts our attention away from ourselves and gives us fresh eyes and new perspective.
And isn’t that at the heart of Jesus’ commands to love God and love others?
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength’. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Mark 12:30-31
I don’t know about you, but I need more awe and wonder in my life. More reminders and time to ‘unself’ and connect into the expansive fabric of Creation that stretches infinitely beyond me, my experience and understanding. I want to be obedient to gentle nudges from the Spirit to disconnect from my inner monologue, worries and fears and intentionally reconnect to my Creator.
September 15 is the start of the Jewish New Year, and the beginning of the most holy season in the Jewish calendar. The ‘Ten Days of Awe’ or ‘Ten Days of Repentance’ starts with Rosh Hashanah 15-17 September and ends with Yom Kippur 24-25 September.
The festival of Ten Days of Awe is a time of repentance, a chance to examine our conscience and change our ways. The Ten Days of Awe challenge encourages each of us to pursue moments of awe and wonder through:
Every day from 15-25 September, commit some time and energy to pursuing moments of awe. It could be a short few moments or it could be hours, but seek it out and notice how it impacts your sense of wellbeing.
Thanks to brand strategist and creative director Sam Valich for instigating the Ten Days of Awe challenge. We hope it will inspire you to be intentional about your faith and focus on Jesus.
Article supplied with thanks to Rhema 99.7.