Saturday, April 30, 2011

We are One

I am a practicing Lutheran who just returned from a gathering of women, held at a Catholic retreat center where I spent almost 24 hours talking and pondering what it would have been like to sit at the feet of the Jewish rabbi Jesus.  My conclusion?  There is one God, who reigns over all, regardless of how we in our limited vision chose to parse it out. The details we quibble over are probably not all that important.  What I learned are best summed up in a few Hebrew words and ideas.
  The daily devotional piety of the the Jewish faith historically is summarized in the term  kavanah, which is  attentiveness to God, an act or appreciation of being able to stand in presence of God.  This attentiveness should be applied to four activities: prayer, studying scriptures, performing acts of lovingkindness and doing our life’s work.
By "stringing pearls," linking together text after text and bringing together different passages from different places, we are able to explore great spiritual truths

 Haver means literally a “friend.”  “Studying Scripture with haverim was considered essential to the Hebrews.  Today this also this affirms our need for community as we seek to understand Scripture.”
Blessings (berakhah ) are a daily part of the life of Jew.  Blessing were said throughout the day and for the bad things in our life as well as for the good The traditional first line for every blessing is :
“Barukh atah, Adoiai Elohenu, Melek Ha-oloam..”
Blessed are you, O Lord God, King of the universe.
 Blessed be Thy name.


  1. Oh this looks great! Wish I could have been there too...

  2. Thank you for sharing your retreat. As always, your insights are a blessing and inspiration.

    In an effort to broaden my writing experience and contacts I've started another blog -- Write the Vision --

    I can keep my other blog for staying in touch with family and friends. We'll see how it works out.