I look to the Heavens and see God there, waiting patiently.
Shabbat starts tonight. For so many people the quiet doesn’t bring a respite from the toil of the workweek. For them the stillness brings back pain. Pain they would rather ignore.
I remember when my father in law, a”h, went to assisted living.
He promptly acted like he belonged there. You would never know if he was sitting quietly all day along with the other people as if he belonged, but didn’t. As if he wasn’t fully aware, but was.
I think he simply did not want us to have to worry about him.
Looking back on the people who we encountered there, how many were trying to forget all the bad memories that sitting quietly all day can bring?
Trauma lives forever in the body. That is the sad truth. The most one can do is acknowledge one’s feelings and sit with them.
Where do you find your faith?
This Shabbat I hope that you don’t need to. I hope He reaches out and holds your hand. Finds you.
Copyright 2018 by Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Creative Commons photo by geralt via Pixabay. https://pixabay.com/en/clouds-landscape-beyond-sky-rays-2709662/