Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Faith, or the unfortunate lack thereof

Karov HaShem l’chol kor’av, l’chol asher yikrauhu be-emet, Near is G-d to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”

I'm not a believer, but I think that what Psalm 145 (Ashrei), verse 18 says is true, in the sense that those who believe that G-d is near will sense His presence when they call upon him.

I’ve seen plenty of evidence of that right here in the Jewish blogosphere, with too many bloggers having taken up writing as a distraction from grief over the loss of children, be they young, teenaged, or adult. It must be a great comfort to believe with all your heart that you’ll see your loved one again someday.

Gila, too, thanks HaShem for keeping her alive through a pigua/terrorist attach, for all the family, friends, and strangers who helped her during her recovery, for the fact that, somehow, she managed to get through the ordeal in some semblance of one piece and without going bankrupt, and for the good life that she continues to enjoy.

Would that I had such faith, that I could believe that G-d is ever with me, guiding and protecting me. It’s tough, being grateful in the abstract.


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