Monday, September 29, 2008

La Shana Tova

At sundown tonight, Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year begins. The legend says that tonight the book of life is open and on Yom Kippour our fate for the next year will be sealed. These ten days are called the "Days of Awe."

It is a time for reverence...for prayer...for offering and asking for forgiveness...for charity...for taking stock of one's blessings and how we can better serve the world...for reflection and renewal and recommitment.

As a Jewish Unitarian Universalist, I can't write those words without thinking that it is always time for all of those. That each day we awake, the book of life is open to us, and every day we should take the time, even if it is only a few moments, to feel awe -- the miracle that we are alive at all, the miracle that we are loved, the miracle that we have this day for reflection and renewal and recommitment, to ask forgiveness and to be oh so grateful.

May this be a blessed year for you and your's. May you be inscribed in the book of life and may you feel gratitude for all that is good. La Shana Tova.

1 comment:

Randy said...

Thank you for your wonderful blessing. And a year of health and happiness back to you.