Thursday, September 09, 2010

New Year

Today is the first day of the Jewish new year - of Rosh Hashana, which actually began last night at sundown.

A dear friend of mine marks this date each year as it comes, and from her I've learned to mark a new beginning each autumn as well.

Last night I ate the traditional apples and honey, and lit a candle I'd picked up from a Jewish shop in the spring.

And I prayed for the coming year - for the things that are imminent, and the things that still seem distant.

I prayed for the deep heart desires of friends and family.

I prayed with thankfulness for my upcoming vacation next week.

I prayed for some I love who are facing the imminent or recent death of ones that they hold dear.

I prayed for a friend with whom I spent four hours yesterday, talking about God, and for the new work he is doing in her life.

I prayed and looked forward to a new year.

Shana Tova.  Happy New Year. 

ראש השנה