Tuesday, August 27, 2013
#blogElul 21: 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....