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Elul Reflections: 29 Elul 5780

God’s Plan: An Introspection

If God’s plan Followed my plan,
I would have no scars on my skin
Or in my heart.
If God’s plan
Followed my plan,
I would not have felt the fire or the ice,
Heard the beauty or the terror,
Seen the new bud or the dying leaf.
If God’s plan
Followed my plan,
I would not have learned to grieve or cherish,
To hope or surrender,
To be broken and still be whole.

-- Alden Solovy. This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day (CCAR Press, 2017), pp. 48–49

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

 

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