4 Shevat 5779 — I Am in the Shattering

In this weeks’ Torah portion, Bo,

The Mystery calls: Come toward what is difficult,

What is painful or frightening—And I will be there.

The soul resists. I don’t want to, it cries, I am so afraid.

I know, the Mystery responds. But the only way out is through,

And I will be there with you.

Allow your heart to be broken open by the pain in your own life,

Let your heart be shattered by the suffering and sadness of others.

I am in those broken pieces. I am in the shattering.

And always, I will find you

And I will guide you through.