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Counting Omer 5780, Day 39:

Netzakh ShebeYesod Eternity, Forever, Splendor, Perpetuity, Endurance, Long-Lasting, and Spiritual Victory within Foundation, Establishment, Essential; the Cosmological and Mystical Foundation upon which the Divine One created the universe.

Quality: Radical Freedom

A Bedtime Sh’ma for Modern Times

Sovereign of all that is known and unknown,

Holder and Keeper of my heart and soul,

I thank You for the day that has passed.

I especially thank You for the way in which You provided emissaries in human form and from the natural world that provided me with beauty, kindness, mindfulness, and blessing.

I thank You for the moments that caught my breath:

The unexpected smells and aromas that gave momentary pleasure.

How light, color and shadow presented a moment of exquisite beauty.

For smiling eyes and courtesies that created warmth.

Being of unexpected service to another.

The sweetness experienced in person and afar with someone who loves me,

and so much more.

Your blessings are boundless, and I am grateful for each that fell my way today.

Sovereign of all that is known and unknown,

Holder and Keeper of my heart and soul,

I ask Your forgiveness as I know I was far from perfect today.

I lost patience.

I forgot courtesies.

I was thoughtless in my remarks to another.

I gossiped.

I lied; it does not matter that it was for a good cause.

I let my ego get in the way of doing what was correct.

I let my ego prevent me from being gracious.

It does not matter which of these acts were intentional.

It does not matter which of these acts were unintentional.

It does not matter if the person or persons involved were aware of and or hurt my actions.

It does not matter that there were no consequences – today – for any of these actions.

It only matters that I was not the light in the world You need and want me to be.

Let no harm come to those I wronged; and please be merciful toward me.

Sovereign of all that is known and unknown,

Holder and Keeper of my heart and soul,

Thank You for creating me to be a vessel through which Your Light and Presence may be known.

I ask You to forgive those who harmed me today, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

Due to unexamined attitudes and assumptions, they may not be aware that their good intentions landed as insults; some very hurtful, all disappointing.

They may not be aware of the root of their feelings that caused their actions.

Do not allow their jealousy or fear of me to bring them harm.

Please, let no one suffer consequences on my behalf or for my benefit.

Please, guide them with Your mercy to the path of strength and right action as You guide me.

Sovereign of all that is known and unknown,

Holder and Keeper of my heart and soul,

I ask that You provide guardians for my windows and doors so that no harm will come to me through this night.

I ask that Your angels guide my soul to You and that it be Your will, my Eternal Friend, that they guide me safely home to see Your morning light on this beautiful planet one more time.

True and Enduring are You, my Creator.

There is none other like You, El Shaddai.

You are Boundless, and I am so specific as to be only one of Your uncountable creations.

Still, I humbly announce Your Greatness and Steadfastness, for You trust me despite my misdeeds and missteps and missed marks.

Holy Sovereign, known by many names,

I stand as a witness to Your Glory and the brilliance through which it manifests, daily.

I proclaim You and praise You with every breath and declare:

שְׁמַע ׀ יִשְׂרָאֵל, יְיָ ׀ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ, יְיָ ׀ אֶחָד!

בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם כְּבוֹד מַלְכוּתוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד.

Sh’ma Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai ekhad!

Barukh Shem kvod malkhuto l’olam va-ed.

Listen, wrestler with the Divine! The One is our One, The One, Is One!

Blessed be The Name’s Glorious Sovereignty forever and ever.

שׁמע ׀ ישראל, יהוה אלהינו, שכינה אחת!

Sh’ma Israel, Adonai eloheinu, Sh’khinah ehat!

Listen Israel, The Eternal One is our God, The Sh’khinah is One!



© Sabrina Sojourner 2020

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