...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.