cherish and release

Rosh Hashanah began today at sundown, and I wanted to take a moment to make note of the fact. You know that my first wife was Jewish, you know that we attended Friday evening services in Oklahoma City for a while, and you know that here in California we would frequently make Shabbos at home on Friday night. You know that today I am proud, happy, and delighted to be an Episcopalian, but my personal theology is much more in line with that of modern Judaism than it is Trinitarian Christianity.

I paid attention then, when Rachel Barenblat, the Velveteen Rabbi, reported on the message she sent to her congregation:

I’d like to invite each of us to cherish the memories which bring us joy, and to release the memories which bring us pain. To let go of the vision of what we imagined these holidays would be, and embrace instead whatever they actually are.

I want to bless you that you might find the connections, the insights, and the spiritual richness you need, in whatever your experience of the Days of Awe may be.

That is so meaningful and appropriate now, especially for those in the tradition. But it occurred to me that these words apply equally well to Advent. I’m going to remember them come November 27.

One Comment on “cherish and release”

  1. Susan says:

    The Rabbi’s words are appropriate for any time of meditation. Change “holidays” to “days” and you can use this over and over again to set the stage for your meditation. Thank you So Much for posting them. They are a wonderful blessing ~ butterflies, TM

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