I spent the evening with my friend Nora. Nora and I belong to the same synagogue and the same scripture study group. We were organizing a Psalms Circle, a very traditional means of offering prayers for somone who is sick. This is a circle of prayers for healing. We join together in the recitation of all 150 psalms, or in Hebrew, tehillim. They are each recited daily (from midnight to 11:59 P.M.) -- in English, Hebrew or any language chosen.
Each person chooses one psalm for daily recitation. The psalm may be a favorite of yours or one that chosen after looking through the Book of Psalms. Another tradition is to choose the psalm that reflects your age. The recitation of psalms for those who are ill is a long tradition and one of great power and comfort.
When I began this blog in the winter, one of the things that was most troubling was that my dear friend, Barbara, was facing major surgery and a difficult diagnosis. The surgery was difficult, but successful, but the diagnosis has grown very bleak. Barbara is a wonderful person. She lives not quite a mile away and we share holidays, vacations, study, services, lunches, movies, prayer and reflection. This blog was going to be the happy, peppy blog, but this is just too big a piece of my life to omit. If any of my dear blog friends would like to join the psalm circle -- just one psalm once a day -- I would be delighted.
A little bit of Buttercup trivia -- my favorite psalm is psalm 126 and my favorite verse is verse 5,
"May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy!"
Blessings to all, dear gentle readers and a sweet night!