Thursday, May 17, 2012

All we need

Yesterday, as I was reciting the morning prayers with Shira, she asked me to explain about the blessing that gives thanks to G-d for giving us all we need. "What does it mean?" she asked with wide, wondrous eyes. "Well," I said, pondering, "it means that G-d has thought of all the things you might need, and made sure you had them - a home to live in, food to eat, clothes to wear, Mommy and Daddy to take care of you, and even a little sister to be your friend. That is because G-d knows you and loves you, and makes sure you want for nothing. For this, we give thanks."

She nodded happily, content with my explanation, and I felt tears of joy and revelation well up in my eyes. I knew that there was good reason why she stopped to ask specifically about that blessing, and why I had been allowed to partake in her childlike faith. These clear, simple words were needed by me as much or more as by my daughter. 

I will not go into details here, but things could have been more stable financially, and often I find myself fretting and worrying, anxious... yet I must remember that each morning as I recite my prayers, I am not exaggerating. G-d has literally given me all I need; he had always given it, without fail, since the day I was born. Has He ever given me reason to mistrust Him? 

Wisdom, frugality, entrepreneurship - it is all fine and well, as long as I remember Who is really in charge of giving me my life, my home, the food I eat, the people I love. Thank You for that. Thank You also for the wonderful child who illuminates my eyes while we learn about life alongside each other. 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amen and Amen! Well, said, Anna.
Mrs. L.

Jennifer D. said...

Mrs. Anna, I have been reading your blog for some time now and I am not sure if I have ever commented before or not. It is amazing that, like you, as I teach my children our faith and about God that I am often reminded of the simple truths and are brought to tears myself. It is in teaching my children that I relearn and am reminded of God's love, mercy, forgiveness, and justice. It is also amazing that it is exactly the simple things about faith that give me the biggest pause, bring me to tears and bring me to my knees. I love reading and learning theology, philosophy, history, etc. and as much as they unlock things in my mind and challenge my intellect it is the childlike faith teachings that stir my heart. And I am reminded again how much children are a blessing.

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful, thanks.

lavender garden said...

Beautiful, Anna- a bouquet of emunah and bitachon, fragrantly and beautifully arranged. wishing you much nachat always!

Jessica said...

It seems that you are very kindred in many ways. Please, I couldn't help noticing that you have nothing up front about Jesus the Christ. Am I right in thinking that you do not believe in Him as the risen Savior, that He was the Lamb that was slain for redemption, that He is the answer to the prophecy down to the very dividing up of His clothes?

"Behold, my servant shall act wisely;
he shall be high and lifted up,
and shall be exalted.
As many were astonished at you—
his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—
so shall he sprinkle many nations;
kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which has not been told them they see,
and that which they have not heard they understand."
(Isaiah 52:13-15 ESV)

"Who has believed what he has heard from us?
And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and makes intercession for the transgressors."
(Isaiah 53 ESV)

I wanted to share the Savior with you. He was sent that those who are covered by His blood would be passed over by the death Angel, for God must judge justly and we all deserve death. We cannot keep the Ten commandments from the heart apart from His changing our hearts. The Passover, the prophecy, the deliverance of Israel from Egypt's slave-hold (represented sin’s hold on us), theTorah and prophetic literature pointed to the need for and foreshadowed the coming of Jesus. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, of the line of Judah, He was killed and rose from the dead as is supported by the many men that testified to it, recorded it, preached it and gave their very lives knowing their hope was sure: that Christ was and is the risen Lord. He is the fulfillment. I just had to share it with you, knowing full well that only He can open our eyes and that He is fully able to.

I also urge you to read the accepted Jewish books and compare the fulfillment that is recorded in the New Testament of the only Savior: Jesus Christ.

Mrs. Anna T said...

Jessica, I believe I have stated in my sidebar that I am Jewish.

Jewish.

Do I need to spell it out????

Sorry for being rude. If at all in doubt, use GOOGLE. For example - Jews: basic beliefs. It will tell you all you need to know about my own religious views.

Mrs. Anna T said...

Jessica, I believe I have stated in my sidebar that I am Jewish.

Jewish.

Do I need to spell it out????

Sorry for being rude. If at all in doubt, use GOOGLE. For example - Jews: basic beliefs. It will tell you all you need to know about my own religious views.