Busy brain

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Lost in thought

My busy brain

Doesn’t allow for interruption

You could be standing right in front of me

I can’t hear or see you

Your presence just doesn’t compute.

Deep thinking was praised in my family

So I thought this was a good thing.

Turns out, not so much.

 

The land of thinking

Can be a deserted island

Lost and isolated

We don’t notice

That as our mind has opened

our heart has closed

 

Balak, the Moabite King,

Blinded by his task,

Of cursing the Israelites

Could not see the angel

Standing in front of the talking donkey (Numbers 22)

How many angels do we

Encounter every day –

And we are mindless of their presence

Persisting,

They interrupt our precious thoughts

Pulling back into reality

Which makes us feel resentful

We treat them

As unwelcome outsiders –

But they are not

 

When Balak finally opened his heart

He saw the angel

And spoke

Words of blessing.

 

It matters

That I see and hear you.

However mundane or profound

Angry or funny

Your words

I need to be present for you

Listening, patiently or not,

Despite my struggle to land

In this moment.

Because a missed moment

A lost blessing

Cannot be recovered.

In the scheme of things

That matters.

 

Shabbat shalom,

Rabbi Nina J. Mizrahi, Community Rabbi

Shabbat Balak 5776/ 22 July 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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