"Peace be with you"
"How is work?"
"How is the family?"
"How is the wife?"
"How is your brother?"
The Wilderness exposes us, clarifies our lives and our failings in the sharpest light. That is the essence of teshuvah.
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean—
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
it has to do with a man who died many years before I was born. Let me tell you a bit about him.
And it sounded so sweet that I shouted
up to heaven: “Let me love.”
And God spoke to me and He said…
“You do love.
You feel the sun rise and exalt as it travels
Its long journey over its old road.
You see the great green wonder rolling in and out,
taking life form its depths of
turbulence to its shores of peace
You hear the music of nature singing to you
Ringing sweetly in your ears.
You laugh and you cry, small yet large
against the majesty of life.
And while there is no one, nothing –
You do love…
And you breathe and sing along with the awkward,
AND YOU KNOW ME,
And you love.”
For but a speck –
The eye of a needle’s space
Each in our own way –
Some greater speck,
Some greater space,
Some way to live beyond ourselves,
We live our lives.
The giving of love is greatest:
Love does not crumble as marble,
Change as language,
Fall as empires;
It is absolute and breeds itself
And thus survives the giver.
You have taken – and shared it.