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Poem: "Fading Recollections of Hell"
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thnidu From: thnidu Date: November 26th, 2013 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
A friend's father died a few days ago, after a long decline, and I've been attending shiva services at her mother's home. And in the Ma'ariv (evening) service tonight I was struck by the resonance of a familiar image with this series.

This is from our Reconstructionist prayer book, which represents the name of God in the Hebrew with many varying epithets, which I've transcribed in all caps here:

From
Hashkivenu / Divine Help
in Ma'ariv / Evening Service

Help us to lie down, DEAR ONE, our God, in peace, and let us rise again, our sovereign, to life. Spread over us the shelter of your peace. Decree for us a worthy daily lot, and redeem us for the sake of your great name. Protect us and keep from us enemies, illness, sword, famine, and sorrow. Enfold us in the wings of your protection, for you are our redeeming guardian. Truly, a sovereign, gracious and compassionate God are you. Guard our going forth each day for life and peace, now and always. Spread over us the shelter of your peace.

Blessed are you, COMPASSIONATE ONE, who ever guards the people Israel, and all who dwell on earth.

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 26th, 2013 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)

*hugs*

>> A friend's father died a few days ago, after a long decline, and I've been attending shiva services at her mother's home. <<

My condolences. It's kind of you to sit with them.

>> And in the Ma'ariv (evening) service tonight I was struck by the resonance of a familiar image with this series. <<

Wow, that really does match, especially "the wings of your protection." I have tried to portray the Divine in this series as mysterious, numinous, ultimately benevolent.
thnidu From: thnidu Date: November 27th, 2013 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *hugs*

"mysterious, numinous, ultimately benevolent" I see in this series, and it doesn't surprise me; but the alar metaphor, while I'd just been reading these, struck me... Well, you coulda knocked me over with a feather!
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