Blessing on the Children
us pause, and look into our children’s eyes,
see the light God promised at creation.
before your births, we were asleep;
You opened your
eyes and said “Wake up!” We did.
you grow, we open ever wider our book of eternity;
each find the words of love God wrote for us there.
Dear children, in
our own youth, we made journeys,
we lived, we
sought every possible magnificence.
you came: you became our masterpiece;
we know we must seek whatever you need.
Dear children, one
day you will move away from us.
We only borrow
you; you must find your own work.
you do for us these things? Work hard,
your fellow wanderers, remember our lessons.
share with us a few of your joys
and your failures;
you are our greatest work.
as we place our hands on your heads,
you know patience, passion, and kindness.
Dear children, we
pray: “O Lord, show us
how to care for You through our
care of this child!”
You, O Lord, Light of the Universe
(Solo Reading, Before Brahot –
Praised are You, O Lord, Light of
praised are You,
Nature and Time, design of each cell, praised are You,
gentle doe in the moonlight
the lion’s fierceness,
praised are You,
courage of calling, praised are You,
in every song.
O Lord, open our sleepy eyes that we may see You,
breathe into our souls the music of Your will,
bend our heads
toward Your dreams,
teach us to love You,
Who knew us
before we were born,
know us after we die—
on this Sabbath day, open our lives to Your presence, Lord,
so we may
remember who we are:
beautiful souls who grow even more beautiful
when we praise
Amidah: The Dance of Eggs and Stones
Every day we must
risk something. Life is a dance between eggs and
Things must break, if we are to say, “I’ve lived!” Arrogant
just dreaming, ignorant or testing the world, our risks break shells
before little birds can be born. We are that powerful.
You know this, don’t you? You’ve felt the guilt
shame of your errors. We who carry light in our heads are so
smart we often remember people’s fragility after we’ve broken their
hearts with our dancing.
What will it
take to be a better person--to dance with more grace, to know when my
harsh steps are right ones, and wrong ones? If I lie down at
night recalling a day for which I should be judged, mustn’t I change?
The next morning, mustn’t I rise up and pray?
I must learn the next piece of choreography God has written
me in covenant. I must work to meet brothers and
who will advise me. I must listen to what they say, see what
see, wander toward their wisdom as does the stone from the original
mountain, falling toward the nest of eggs below.
Jews, if you have been mean or arrogant or ignorant or
prone this year, do not use your actions or shames as excuses to stand
away from this life. Our goal is not to become stationary in
God made us from both eggs and stones so we can
fulfill the eternal commandment of intimacy: repair.
Friends, isn’t it wonderful this life is so
fragile? How else would we teach one another how to love?
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