Yesterday morning, just as this fall’s first cold drizzle arrived, we were reminded of:
(to the west) the Promise that the future would be better than the past . . . .
Wouldn’t it be nice if life always worked this way — if just before something made our situation “cold and ugly,” we got a little reminder of the amazing beauty of life and a promise of a better future?
In a couple of weeks, our yearly cycle will bring us back to the story of Jacob, who had to run from home to avoid being killed by his brother, after stealing the brother’s birthright and blessing from their father. Jacob was sent to live with relatives in the East, and one relative is going to trick Jacob and demand additional labor from him. But, as Jacob heads out on this journey, he dreams of a Ladder that allows Angels to pass between Heaven and Earth, and G-d promises to protect Jacob while he is gone from his homeland and to bring Jacob back home safely.
I’m starting to wonder if the “signs” of beauty and blessing aren’t there for us more often than we understand, but we’ve forgotten how to stop to look for them or how to recognize them, even when they are right in front of us.
On this Shabbat, may each of us be blessed with at least one moment when we can stop long enough to see, recognize, and savor the beauty and blessings that life offers . . .