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a blessing for today

July 15, 2012

So I’m having a little “porch church” today.

In the gentle warmth of the morning, enjoying the pause before the heat of the day kicks in, I’m sitting on my front porch, coffee in hand and breeze in my hair, allowing myself some time to simply be with the One whom I love.

I’ve been meditating on a few words this morning, wanting to chew on them slowly, look deeper into their meaning and context, and exploring how that might shape how I view God and His place and presence in the world and in me.

abide (to remain, to dwell, to sustain)

Adonai (Master, Lord of the Lords)

YHVH (the Unutterable Name, the personal name of God, source of all being)

As I’ve been reading more about the Hebrew and Jewish roots of these names and concepts, I came across this blessing that I found stirring and achingly beautiful. As I thought about what it means to truly live in the one that is Adonai Nissi, “the LORD my miracle and banner”, I desire to see all things through an altered lens. A lens, a frame, that speaks to how God is meeting my needs just as they are, even when I feel bereft and confused, I can trust that He can see as I cannot.

I found this blessing, Kol Tzorki (a blessing of gratitude for meeting my needs), fitting and good:

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  1. Nancy Carr permalink
    July 15, 2012 1:55 pm

    Our sermon this morning touched on the deeper meaning of of some Jewish thinking in the First Century. Our lead minister was raise in a Jewish home and then became a Christian in his late teens. So enlightening to hear him wrap this all together.

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