Jonathan Sacks, London's Chief Rabbi, is a prolific writer and thinker who has spent his later years reflecting on the importance of the spiritual life. He writes often of cultivating rich interior lives and rooting opinions, relationships, and work in the expansive notion of God that recognizes the dignity of difference.
It's hard work and requires divine assistance. He writes, "As a tree torn from its soil, as a river separated from its source, the human soul wanes when detached from what is greater than itself. Without the holy, the good turns chaotic. . . . Prayer takes the mind out of the narrowness of self-interest and enables us to see the world in the mirror of the holy."
For most of us, staying attached to "that which is greater" than ourselves is aspirational at best. Our spiritual fires often grow dim and could use an extra dose of oxygen.
This weekend, we'll attend to a passage of scripture in which the Apostle Paul encourages his readers to "rekindle the fire within you." We'll get quite practical about it and I hope you will find it helpful. We also will read a beautiful passage from Isaiah, written to those in a state of great distress. You can read both here.
We're back on our four service schedule, all of which will enjoy excellent music and a variety of leaders. Come, and bring a friend.
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