Sunday, September 16, 2012

Checklist...Buy Horse radish...



...make soup, cleanse my heart. 

This has been my check list for the last few days, a mix of the secular and sacred. The horse radish is bought, soup will be cooking momentarily and there are just a few last minute things to pick up at the grocery around the corner. But that last item...

Cleanse my heart, forgive, repent. I can't pick them up at the corner grocery or the specialty food store or the bakery. I can't buy forgiveness, a clean heart or a relationship with G'd. I have to do the difficult interior work that will make them happen, and I am grateful that they can't be bought. A clean heart is open to all of us, rich or poor. Starting this evening the Jewish calendar begins the ten days of awe. It is a time of prayer and a time to begin a new year with a clean heart.  

The next few days include several services of some length, generally three to four hours. I would be remiss -- especially in this time of spiritual candor -- to say that I am absorbed for the entire service. I am not. For the last three years I've brought a prayer list and when I start to wander from the service I take out my prayer list and focus on the specific prayer requests that friends have given me. I'm putting my list together this afternoon for tomorrow's service. Please let me know if you have any requests that you would like me to add to the list. It is my honor to pray for you.

My congregation sent out a beautiful book of prayers and I will end this post with this prayer from the book.

May G'd inscribe you in the Book of Life.
And so may it be and let us say Amen.  

11 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

Just stopping by to see what you are doing - I love Pinterest too!

Hope you are having a great weekend.

Barbara F. said...

Happy holidays to you, Carol. I am sure you do this already, but please pray for America, for those who fight for her and give up their lives, and for those of us who love her. xo

Theresa said...

How sweet of you dear friend! I DO have a prayer request:) My Brother Marshall's foot was injured in a motorcycle accident almost 40 years ago! He has lived with it ALL these years! Lately as he approaches 69 years old, it is really giving him trouble! If you would please pray for him, I sure would appreciate it! BIG HUGS and many blessings!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I hope your new year is blessed with only good things. And may the coming days of prayer be a time of refreshment for you.

Terra said...

How good of you to pray for friends during the service. I like the idea of cleansing our hearts, being forgiving and caring.

Ms Sparrow said...

What beautiful sentiments!

Maple Lane said...

Blessings to you dear friend. Thank you for your friendship and prayers through blogging.

Lorraine said...

How nice to read this post with thoughts about this very special time of year for you. So kind of you to have a willingness to pray for others. I would appreciate prayers for direction now that I am no longer doing child care. I am seeking a part-time (three days a week) out-of-the-home job. I am part very excited and part terrified. But I am trusting that God will lead.

Thank you, sweet Friend!

Catherine said...

Dear Buttercup, Happy Rosh Hashanah. Thank you for your prayers. I will keep you in mine. I pray you are feeling good and happy. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Mimi said...

HI CAROL,
Thank you for your offerings to Pray. I think my biggest Prayer request is for this Country.That God's will be done.
Happy Rosh Hashanah to you. I know all about the Holiday as My husband's birth Father was Jewish. I also have a HUGE interest in knowing about the Holidays of the Jewish Faith. I know for 10 days it is a time of Prayer and Fasting. And that YOM Kippur is a very holy day. I have participated in the Sedar Meal.
God Bless you,
jamie

Susie said...

Amen dear Buttercup. I am wishing you a happy new year. Thank you for the prayer. xo, Susie