There’s a miracle called friendship
that dwells within the heart
And you don’t know when it happens
or when it gets a start…
But the happiness it brings you
always gives a special lift,
And you realize that friendship is
God’s most precious gift!
As usual, as my birthday nears, I spend extra time being thankful for the gifts I’ve been given.
My greatest gifts have been the people who have been a part of my life. Standing beside me wasn’t always the easiest thing to do. I am grateful to you and for you all.
My friend, Ann, sent a package today which included the book pictured in my blog today. When I unwrapped it I was so excited. I don’t think I realized until then I’d become quite the collector of little prayer books. Thank you, Ann, for my newest prize. I will have a lot to share.
As the editor, David Schiller, says in his introduction: “…in an age characterized by its astonishing lack of humility, prayer offers a rare chance to put our inflated selves aside, and in the suddenly unburdened state that follow, rediscover the things that really matter. Which is perhaps why, living in the age that we do, we are also beginning to rediscover the need for prayer. ”
Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, King of the universe, who forms light and creates darkness, who makes peace and creates all things.
Who mercifully sheds light upon the earth and upon all who dwell on it.
And who in His goodness, renews the works of creation every day continually. “How many are Thy works O Lord, in wisdom hast Thou made them all, the earth is filled with Thy creations!”
Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, King of the universe, who with His word brings on the evenings,
With wisdom opens the gates,
With understanding alters the phases, varies the seasons,
And arranges the stars in their heavenly orbit according to His will.
He creates day and night.
He rolls away the light from before the darkness and the darkness from before the light,
He makes the day to pass and the night to come, and divides between day and night;
Lord of hosts in His name.
A living and everlasting God, who shall constantly reign over us forever and ever.
Blessed art Thou, Lord, who brings on the evenings.
~Jewish Evening Blessing, “Birkat Maariv”, The Little Book of Prayers