Thursday, October 6, 2016

For The Sins of Laziness and Omission

Blessed One-ness,
We place ourselves in front of the fear
On the path of holiness and joy and truth.

עַל חֵטְא שָׁחָטָאנוּ לְפָנֶיךָ בִּנְטִיַּת

We have sinned against God (and ourselves)

Through the sins of laziness and omission;
Through the sins of disappointment and missed potential;
Through the sins of nostalgia and sentimentality.

Through the sin of not looking when we should have looked;
Through the sin of not hearing when we could've heard;
Through the sin of not acting when we needed to act.

We are  overly obediant, we are willfully ignorant, we are foolishly complacent.
We are needlessly insincere, we are casually honest, we are easily mawkish.

We lack endurance, we shrug, we avoid argument.
We are hopeless, we despair, we mock optimism.
We are frustrated, we are impatient, we surrender too easily.
We sleep in, we change the channel, we turn the page.
We procrastinate, we assume privilege, we conveniently forget.
We sign online petitions and we share social media posts and we think that's enough.
We put our fingers in our ears, we avoid deep silence, we shush the inconvenient.
We are lazy.

וְעַל כֻּלָּם, אֱלוֹהַּ סְלִיחוֹת,
סְלַח לָנוּ, מְחַל לָנוּ, כַּפֵּר לָנוּ.

Perceptive God of our consciences,
For all these sins (of laziness and omission),
We take full responsibility.

From now on, 
May we see and hear all that can be seen and heard.
May we do instead of being done upon.
May we rise up when rising up is needed.
May we enjoy our lives not despite the struggles but along with them.

And let us say,

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