Shabbat Intentions - All That Has Been Lost
Images and sensations as we enter the Shabbat of the week of Hod:
High desert canyons,
Red walls reaching upward,
Streaks of yellow sandstone and Navaho white.
Sheets of rock formed,
And reformed, by wind and water,
By heat and cold.
These mighty canyons
Are made beautiful
By all that has been worn away.
By all that has been lost.
Walking among them, one would be forgiven
For assuming these massive forms are forever.
But after leaning against a wall
Or seeking shelter in a crevice
We come away with the red dust
Of their passing.
Everything that is becomes something else.
Everything that will be, was.
May our hearts be strong and filled with courage
As the seasons pass and leave us
Raw and exposed,
And perhaps even more beautiful
For all that has been worn away.
For all that has been lost.