Friday, 16 May 2008

Time to Pray - The Difference

In the introduction to Leiv Esther, I mentioned that Esther bas Nachum Dov Ber z"l loved poetry. She often taught her children deep and beautiful teachings through an appropriate poem. Here is the first of many poems that will be posted regularly. I hope you enjoy the powerful messages and will take them to heart.

The Difference:

I got up early one morning
and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I didn't have time to pray.

Problems just tumbles about me,
and heavier came each task.
"Why doesn't G-d help me?" I wondered.
He answered, "You didn't ask."

I wanted to see joy and beauty,
but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn't show me.
He said, "But you didn't seek."

I tried to come into G-d's presence,
I used all my keys at the lock.
G-d gently and lovingly chided,
"My child, you didn't knock."

I woke up early this morning
and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I had to take time to pray.

author  Grace L Naessens

So often in the modern, hurried life we live, we rush about our days, trying to cram every moment with all manner of activities. The truth is, if we would just stop for a moment and ask the Creator of All to Guide and Bless our day, we would have far more chance of real success.

May each of you take the time to talk to Hashem from the heart, in your own words. Let Him know what you are going through, how you feel, what you want to achieve. Whatever is on your mind or sitting on your heart, pour it out to Hashem. May you be blessed with Hashem answering your prayers immediately for the good, a good that is revealed, visible and manifest in all physical and spiritual matters.

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