Daily Reflections From My Window

May 16, 2021 Sunday First Night of Shavuot

“SOMEHOW, in ways I don’t fully understand, the Jewish people has been touched by a power greater than ourselves, that has led our ancestors and contemporaries, time and again, to defy the normal parameters of history. Somehow heaven and earth met in the Jewish heart, lifting people to do what otherwise seemed impossible. Descartes said: I think, therefore I am. The Jewish axiom is different. Ani maamin. I believe, therefore I am.”

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

I am a Christian. I began my journey as a Catholic but when Jay and I married became an Episcopalian. We compromised. He was Presbyterian and raised Jack in the Episcopal church.

Still Christian. I was always fascinated with the Jewish faith. After all, Jesus WAS Jewish! One of my best friends growing up was Jewish but didn’t really share a lot about her faith and at that time, being a child, I didn’t realize that anyone wasn’t Catholic. That was what I knew. It took growing up and living to realize that. My first employer at Lipson’s was Jewish and shared freely. I loved learning about it.

Then, when I was doing MacKid, the owners were Jewish as were many of the other publishers and they would share their experiences and articles about the celebrations within their faith as we all did. It was a wonderful community then and where I first heard of Shavuot.

Today is the first day of Shavuot. I can’t explain it, so here is a Link

I hope you enjoy learning about it if you don’t already know. I’m always amazed at the tenacity of the Jewish people. This happened 3,333 years ago according to the link and now there are missiles firing over Israel again. Seems like we had a little peace going a year ago. What happened? They manage to hold on to their faith despite so many challenges and we doubt God if we get a hangnail. Life is tough, but the Israelites are a lot tougher.

I’ve been knitting a lot lately. Working out the kinks on my socks. My yarn is splitting which has to do with the way it is spun. Should be first Z twist and then S. This is the reverse. I contacted the mill and am waiting to hear what they think. Hand dyed by me from our animals.

So these are things I want to improve upon, but first, it’s off to church. I am so grateful to be back to in person worship. I hope you are!

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!

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