On Friday evening, members of the Jewish faith will enter into the Day of Atonement—called “Yom Kippur.” It is the day to atone for the sins of the past year before the judgment of God is entered and sealed in the books of heaven. It is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.

But far from being a day to be feared, for the faithful Yom Kippur also brings assurance and comfort. The anticipation of judgment is matched and ultimately overpowered by the affirmation of the truth that God does not condemn, but pardons. When approached with humility and penitence, God returns the believer to rightness and alignment with his power and purposes.

To be at one with God is the elusive goal that the faithful heart passionately pursues.

If you are observing Yom Kippur, “G’mar Hatimah Tovah”—”May you be sealed for a good year.” And may all of us, regardless of our faith, be reminded of the importance of being in harmony—in oneness—with God’s great purpose for our lives and our world.