Thursday, October 6, 2011

Suspension and The Days of Awe

This photo was taken on Monday.
It is a sensation much like what it must feel like to be floating, these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  It is a strange feeling and yet, not totally unexpected.  It is a feeling of being suspended in time.  It is the sensation of waiting, expectantly, for things to pass and although I do not really believe that God has an enormous book in the sky in which he actually transcribes names for another year, metaphorically, the idea strikes me in my soul.  On Rosh Hashanah, the rabbi spoke of The Book of Life.  He spoke of the three "lists" which it is said that God keeps, one for the righteous whose names are automatically transcribed into The Book for another year.  These are the ones who have done only good without any transgression, the very few and far between.  I imagine this list to be quite short in my mind's eye.  The second list is for the wicked.  This list consists of individuals who have done so much harm to their fellow man that they are immediately removed from The Book of Life.  This is the list that I do wish existed.  The third book is for the intermediate.  This is where I know that I belong.  This is the list that contains the names of those of us who try to live our lives in good and honest ways but who do, inadvertently, sometimes miss the mark.  This is the list which contains the names of those of us who are doing our best to learn, to grow and to improve, year after year and, by God's will, will be inscribed into The Book for another year. This is the list of suspension in time.  During the days in between Rosh Hashanah(The New Year) and Yom Kippur(The Day of Atonement), it is our responsibility to evaluate our own behavior, to make amends with anyone we have hurt and to ask for forgiveness from others and from God.  These are days of repentance and prayer.  On Saturday, Jewish people all over the world will observe Yom Kippur.  This is the holiest day of the year for us.  It is the day when it is said that we are closest to God and to the quintessence of our own souls.  This is the day on which we pray that God will accept our prayers for forgiveness and inscribe us in The Book of Life for another year.  This is the day that we admit out loud and to ourselves that we are less than perfect but that we will try harder in the year to come.  And although Yom Kippur is a very somber day, it is also sufficed with joy because it is the day that we come together as a community to pray for God's forgiveness.  Even Jews who do not typically practice or attend synagogue will attend on Yom Kippur.  Why not hedge your bets?

The week down here in beautiful San Clemente, CA began with a mixture of sunshine and clouds.  

This photo was taken on Tuesday.
But slowly, the skies became darker and the clouds became heavier until something very unusual happened.

This photo was taken yesterday.
We got a significant October rain storm.  Now for those of you that live in other parts of the country and even other parts of the world, rain is not an unusual event, but for us, it just does not rain in Southern California as the song says.  This unexpected storm added to my feeling of being suspended in time.  It gave me time to think and to pray and to read meaningful literature.  It gave me time to consider and after it was over, I felt another sensation...The sensation of being cleansed.

May I take this opportunity to ask forgiveness of anyone whom I may have hurt over the course of the past year.  May I find forgiveness in my heart for those who have hurt me, either intentionally or inadvertently, and may I find a way to leave this hurt behind.  But most of all, may God inscribe you, your family members and friends into The Book of Life for another good year.  All of you.

Amen.

With many blessings and so much love,
Debbie-Four Angels Momma

8 comments:

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

These are beautiful photos...and analogy! I agree we need cleansing

Gabriele Agustini said...

So glad to be here, to enjoy the fabulous photographs and writing!! I'll be back for sure!
xxxx

Renee said...

What a deep and beautiful post and expression of your faith. Thank you so much for sharing with us your inner most thoughts and feelings during this special and sacred time for you and yours. It is so important to take the time to repent, atone, and ask for forgiveness from those we may have hurt and from our Lord.
This spoke to me so well today as I have struggled last night and today with a daughter who loves us but keeps us at a distance. It saddens me and resentment builds up inside of me. I need to forgive and let go and atone for any part I have in our relationship. I prayed this morning for God to speak to me on this and help me heal and let go of my own expectations and He spoke to me through a devotional and now your post. I just love when He does that!!
Again, your words resonate for me...I read this to Joel too so we both could be blessed.
Wishing you peace which I sense you already feel this day...

Shrinky said...

I truly loved reading this heart-warming and enriching post, I so love how you honestly view the world around us, and the touching way you have of expressing it. I rather doubt you have much at all to atone for, dear lady, but I certainly wish you and your loved ones find the year ahead a peaceful and happy one.

Mumsy's Place said...

Beautiful post. You are such a beautiful soul and your posts always are so touching. Blessings my sweet friend. Hugs

LauraX said...

ah your first photo captures this suspended experience so perfectly Debbie. Sending you love as we enter this new year with sweetness, fresh rain and internal light.

deb colarossi said...

oh, how I have missed your heart

I will send an email soon..
wading back into blog waters a bit Deb.

xoxoxo

Something Happened Somewhere Turning said...

Wow! That first photo is brilliant. They are all wonderful.
Wishing you and your family happiness and peace and love.

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