a meditation on the traditional Hebrew evening prayer
The coming darkness is from you, not us.
Sometimes it helps to remember that.
The oneness that opens the gates,
the duality that cycles the times,
these too are from you.
It’s you rolling away light from the face of darkness.
Open our eyes to to your presence in the special beauty of this moment.
Open our hearts to your presence in each others’ hearts
that have opened to us.
Stay with us, your patient, faithful ones,
as we stay with each other through the long night.
Open our eyes, open our hearts,
open our minds, strengthen our hands
for the moment
on your schedule, not ours
when we come together
to roll away darkness from the face of light.