As the 29 days of Elul come to a close today, Rabbi Lipper shares “A Meditation” for us to read and contemplate. I hope Elul has been an insightful journey for us all, filled with awareness, forgiveness, compassion, and gratitude.
God, I have precious time to give to those I love, to family and friends. I pray for insight and a warm heart. Let me be with them when they need me. Let me respond when they call to me. Let me use my leisure time to explore new worlds of thought and feeling, or to rediscover old ones. I can study my heritage of Torah, savor the beauties of nature and art, find new meaning and inspiration in the book of life. Let the passage of time continually deepen within me the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge and reverence for life. Let me never lose that sense of wonder which stirs within me in the presence of Your creation. I look to greet each day with zest and wonder. Renew and bring blessing to my life so that I can bring others in the year to come. Amen.