Give me peace


 

 

 

 

 

 

Achieve peace with understanding.

Achieve peace with understanding.

 

 

“Grant us peace. Your most precious gift,O Eternal Source of Peace, and give us the will to proclaim its message to all the peoples of the earth. Bless our country. that it may always be a stronghold of peace, and its advocate among the nations. May contentment reign between its borders, health and happiness within its homes. Strengthen the bonds of friendship among the inhabitants of all lands, and may the love of your name hallow every home and every heart. Teach us O God, to labor for righteousness, and inscribe us in the book of Life, blessing, and peace. Blessed is the Eternal God, the Source of peace. ”

 

 

“May we lie down this night in peace, and rise up to life renewed. May night spread over us a shelter of peace, of quiet and calm, the blessing of rest.

There will come a time when morning will bring no word of war or famine or anguish; there will come a day of happiness, of contentment  and peace.

Praised be the Source of joy within us, for the night and its rest, for the promise of peace.”

 

 

A time of renewal

A time of renewal

 

Tonight is the first night of the Jewish New Year. Jews around the world are asking for a sweet new year and for health, joy and peace. They go to Temple tonight to ask for a world in attunement, food for the hungry, calmness in our stricken world. They ask for all of the things that when blended together will bring an end to wars and strife.

May  all of you find contentment and peace in you lives. And to every Jew, Rosh Hashanah, a happy new year.

 

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The Last Rose of Summer


Needlework by
Barbara Mattio

There is a bittersweet energy about October. I gaze out at my garden and a smile comes to my face. The roses continue to bloom despite cooler evenings. We are almost at the time to say goodbye to their gentle fragrances and delicate petals. A farewell to their beauty. Cool temperatures day and night will eventually take each last bloom and end its beauty. We are not bereft though as Autumn brings a brilliance of color as a consolation prize. So far, we have begun to see the green turning to vibrant colors of red, gold, orange and yellow.

It is the last gift of the cycle of life. The last brilliant colors before Mother Earth goes to her hibernation and the world turns white, gray and brown. It is a blessing to know that as the cycle spins it never stops and we will have a fresh, vibrant and exciting Spring. I love the anticipation of the renewal of the earth, with the springing up of the early spring bulbs soon to be a riot of color and a sudden rush of sweet fragrance.

For now, there is the bittersweet of the last of the flowers and the last of my beloved roses until the spring. Since this is the cycle of life, the promise that after a rest the world will renew itself and we will once again frolic among the flowers and trees.

So we say goodbye to the bees working hard at gathering the pollen and the ladybugs and the iridescence of the dragonflies. A last wave of the wings of a butterfly and the song of the cicadas at night. They will return in the spring and the cycle will begin again.

A Jewish Prayer

And G-d saw everything that was mad, and found it very good.

And The One said: This is a beautiful world that I have given you.

Take good care of it, do not ruin it.

It is said; Before the world was created, the Holy One kept

Creating worlds and destroying them.  Finally this one was created and was satisfied.

Adonai said to Adam; This is the last world I shall make. I place it in your hands; hold it in trust.

Autumn in Western North Carolina Photo by Barbara Mattio