week's Torah portion is Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25). Most of this
last Book of the Torah involves Moses ripping into the Children of
Israel in one last ditch effort to make sure they cross the Jordan an
intact nation. So it is that Moses reminds them of their accomplishments
as well as their failures. He reviews and cautions with the full
knowledge that their crossing cannot be his. In Chapter 9 Verse 10 Moses
reminds the Children that after spending forty days and forty nights on
the Mountain he brought down '...the two tablets of stone written with
the finger of God ..' Of course by the time Moses was ready to descend
the mountain and deliver the tablets we (the Children of Israel) were
already head long into our own descent which so angered Moses that he
threw those written by the hand of God tablets so hard they shattered.
Sure we eventually got another set of tablets but written by the hand of
Moses with the assumption that we never got anything in God's own
handwriting again. While it may be true that God hasn't written to us
in stone much since then His hand writing is all over the place. Our
tasks are to take the time to look beyond ourselves and notice. May
we begin this very moment to notice that we are surrounded by Holy
handwriting and may we then in those moments of noticing stop our
descents into life's frequent distractions to become instead
transformative ascents to Holiness.
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