Saturday, December 31, 2016

Prayer for New Year's Eve

Baruch Atah Adonai
Brucha At Shechinah
I am glad that I don't believe in an intervening God of cause and effect, 
In a petty king and insecure supreme being 
Who plans everything that happens on our planet.
Because if I did,
After this last year,
I would be way pissed off.

Baruch Atah Adonai
Brucha At Shechinah
I am glad that I do have a knowingness
Of connection and holy conversation,
Of community and friendship and family and love and resistance 
That I call God.
And tonight on New Year's Eve
And in the coming year
I will have hope.

Blessed One-ness
We see the truth
And we see the possibilities.
Blessed be the truth!
Blessed be the possibilities!
Happy New Year.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Light

Imagine that you are in a room in your home
A room that has a door
And the door is closed
Your favorite room
The room you feel safest in
A room where nothing changes
And nothing challenges
And you sit in this room
And look around you
And you see that the room is dark
Very dark
That the safety of the room has taken all the color out of this room
Where the darkness becomes darker
And the days grow short
And you do not see what you do not want to see
And you are safe
And warm
But you are blind.
Sit in this blind safety for a moment.

Now in this safe dark room, you look towards the closed door
And you see a sliver of light coming from underneath
Imagine that you rise up and walk to the door
And you open it
And you see that outside this safe room
It is winter
Everything is covered in snow
But you are in the dark room,
This narrow place
So you leave the room
You are outside in a beautiful winter meadow
Covered in snow
And you have your winter clothes on now
So you are warm
But the ground is covered with whiteness
And the light is bright
And the trees surrounding the meadow have no leaves
But the light is magnificent
It’s still cold
You can’t pretend it’s spring
You must see things as they are
You must wear warm clothes
But the days are growing longer
When the world seems most devoid of life
You can see the future.
Someday there will be spring.

You see the beauty and the cold
You see the truth
You see the possibilities
You are one with the One-ness
In the beautiful winter light.

And in this light, you see Light.