Tuesday, August 27, 2013

#blogElul 21: CHANGE

When I create the BlogElul prompts, I brainstorm a list and then tweak it a little, adjust the order, make sure it all seems to "work" and then send it out into the world. This year, I clearly didn't proofread well, since I ended up with two identical prompts: change.

I caught it right away (well, not before I had sent it out into the world) and when I asked what people thought and the consensus was to just leave it. After all, "change" is a pretty big theme of the High Holy Days.

When I created the prompts, I had no idea what the 21st day of Elul would be.

Change? Today is about as big of a change as it can be.
Today is the day that Sam receives his new cells.
His bone marrow transplant.
His new birthday.
His start of his change of status...from Leukemia Patient to Bone Marrow Transplant Survivor.

The change will be hard.
His body will resist.
Change can be painful.
He may suffer pain and discomfort.
Change isn't easy.
But there's no giving up.
There's no going back.
There's no starting over.
This is it.
The change is here.

Blessed are You, our God, who gives us the capacity for change.
Thank You, God, for this gift.

The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. It offers a chance for spiritual preparation for the Days of Awe. It is traditional to begin one’s preparation for the High Holy Days during this month with the Selichot, the prayers of forgiveness. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I'll be blogging a thought or two for each day to help with the month of preparation... I will be blogging here, and sharing #Elulgram photos on the same themes at imabima.tumblr.com. Follow me on twitter @imabima for all the #BlogElul posts, not only mine but others' as well! This year, I'm not doing a linky or anything like that -- I'm conserving energy! So be sure to tag your posts on Twitter and Facebook so I can catch them with my alerts....


rbarenblat said...

I'm holding Sam -- and your whole family -- in my thoughts and prayers today. May the transplant go smoothly; may the discomfort be as minimal as possible; may his body accept the new cells; may the new cells do exactly what they're meant to do. May this be the beginning of a new chapter of comfort and joy for Sam and for all of y'all.

savtipatti said...

as always.. we are so with all of you..........but 2DAY..8.27.13... fully present and accounted for!!

Ellen said...

Love to all

Tonka said...

It wasn't a long time ago I asked Rabbi Sommer why bad things happened to good people. She gave me a book to read, but I didn't find the answer there. I think that God gave us challenges and a lot of suffering to make us stronger.
Sommer's family became the strongest one I ever knew after so much suffering, especially the little Sammy who is no more little, he grew up.
That was the last challenges for the family and they deserve a break without hospital beds and all hospital things. They deserve new happiness with the renewed Sammy couple of days before the New Year comes. I will prey for them every time I think about that such a brave family with their love each other and their support each other. The sadness should go away from them and the happiness should take place.
Be blessed Sammy and all of you!