Elul Reflections: 8 Elul 5780

Notice the River

Notice the river
at break of dawn —
a braid of streams, creeks, and brooks, a dance of insects near the shore.
Notice how brackish,
where the river meets the sea,
how with grace the river
hugs the shore —
fierce in its rising,
fiercer when it falls.
Notice it all —
how it bends,
how it tells
the time of year,
and how smooth the boulders are that guide its course 

Notice the Holy One
in blessing and in beauty,
in acts of repair,
in the unearthing of truth,
in eyes that meet,
in the tumult of change,
in words of forgiveness,
in the bridges we build to those we hurt,
in the flow of a year,
in the course of a journey,
in rising and falling,
in the hand we hold out to those who hurt us, in the life we are living
in blessing and in beauty.

—Rabbi Janet Marder and Rabbi Sheldon Marder, Mishkan HaLev: Prayers for S’lichot and the Month of Elul (CCAR Press, 2017), p. 119

When do you connect with your own spirituality? How can you multiply those moments in your life to deepen your relationship with God?

(from "Readings for the Month of Elul," kindly reprinted with permission from the Central Conference of American Rabbis)


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