- Posted by Elaine Zecher
- On April 17, 2020
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This week I share with you a prayer I offered at an Interfaith Zoom moment of prayer on April 15th, organized by Mayor Walsh of Boston. He brought together Iman Shaykh Yasir Fahmy, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, The Reverend Liz Walker, Pastor Mathew Thompson and me to reflect, to pray and to unite as we remembered the horrific events on Marathon Monday years ago and to cast light and hope on the experience of these days.
Welcome to Shabbat Awakenings, a weekly reflection as we move toward Shabbat. You can listen to it as a podcast HERE.
To all of us, Remember and Do Not Forget.
On this day seven years ago how terror and fright thrust this city into crisis-
And then into transformation.
Remember where you were at 2:49 pm on that sunny day
Running, Watching, Waiting, Celebrating, Enjoying
when Darkness filled the sky and the streets of this beloved city.
Injury and Death took over.
Out of the depths, we called to You, Holy One of Blessing, as the Psalmists did before us.
Help us. Comfort us. Accompany us as we grieve.
We mourned deeply for the loss of life
Krystle Marie Campbell
Martin William Richard
And for the Police officers who fell in the line of duty
Sean A Collier
And the more than 264 injured, carrying their wounds still of body, mind, and spirit.
And You, O Present One in our lives, have taught us, too,
To lift up our eyes, to gaze toward the higher places,
and from there draw strength and courage.
In that moment. Transformation.
For Your Divine spark ignited in each of us a sacred call.
O, how the many rushed in, risking their own lives, reaching out, lifting up
To prevent more death and destruction.
Citizens of this Commonwealth rising to their best selves.
Medical personnel, first responders, people on the street.
Answering the urgent need with action, in every way.
A City, joined together as a beacon of unity rippling out to the rest of the country
And even farther.
Today, we again call out from the depths to You
for Death, Illness, and Destruction threaten us once more.
Lives mourned, homes under siege of this virus and
The collateral crises it has engendered.
And again, out of crisis, transformation.
We lift our eyes upward to find You and
To recognize, to be mindful and aware of
the sacred goodness of the soul still
one hand connected to the other
–even with the requisite physical distance between us—
to discover the strength that abides
when the Divine Presence moves with us and through us.
Let us remember and not forget
The sacred power that brings all of us together on this day;
With courage and a resolute spirit,
To be united with the Divine One and each other.
So may it be.
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* Qabbalat Shabbat at 6:00 p.m. has become even more accessible. We can pray together HERE on the Temple Israel website or HERE on Zoom or even HERE on TI’s Facebook page. Or, just find it all on the website www.tisrael.org/TogetherWithTI . We all look forward to sharing Shabbat with you.
* Riverway gathers from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. for Riverway Shabbat HERE.
* The Village gathers at 5:00 p.m. for a Shabbat story and blessings HERE.
* On Saturday morning, join us at 9:00 a.m. for a short Shabbat morning service and a lively discussion. To join the conversation interactively, access HERE to Zoom. You will be amazed by how well and easy it is to participate and comment. You can also watch HERE on Temple Israel’s website or HERE on TI’s Facebook page.
* Celebrate Shabbat as a family with TGIS with Wayne Potash at 10:00 a.m. HERE.
Next week, on April 24 at Qabbalat Shabbat, we will still honor Cantor Einhorn in a lively and spirited Shabbat experience with some mystery guests making cameo appearances. Please come and honor our Cantor.
We have a robust resource page on our website HERE. It contains organizations and places to find assistance. As always, we are here to help.
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