Monday, October 03, 2016

Breathless






Breathless- Teri H Hoover  (prompt breath of seasons wheel turning)

Lift your eyes if you dare.
Just one glance brings you to your knees.
Fierce, in a sheer beauty that claims your soul.
She whispers, "do not be afraid."
Last year when I was young, I was not afraid.
I now know what lives behind that beauty.
Like a breath
I am drawn
Into the arms of the endless autumn sky.

Sunday, October 02, 2016


From the Website of Mishkan Shalom

This week, our daily practice will focus on the practice of teshuvah: listening to the calls of the tradition and the calls of our heart. During the time between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, it is traditional to say Psalm 130 each morning and let the words of the psalm guide and inspire our teshuvah—our turning toward love and forgiveness.

Psalm 130
A song of ascents:
From the depths I call out to the One,
Please listen to my voice,
Please be attentive to my calls for grace.
Let us stand even in the face all our misdeeds
For with the You, Source of All, is forgiveness.
We are in awe.
I place my hope in the unfolding,
My entire being hopes
I wait with openness and hope for the Divine presence.
My soul yearns for the One
Among those who yearn for the dawn.
Let us wait and hope for the One,
For with the One is great love and redemption.
The One will free us of all our wrongdoings.
Let us look toward all that will be with hope.

I find the Jewish tradition full of insights for me. Maybe it is just the comfort I find in a religion that I was not brought up in.