My first writing of a Minister’s Message coincided with Rosh Hashanah, and though I am not Jewish, through proximity of friends and neighborhoods, I have found messages of the High Holy Days to be meaningful. The Birthday of the World reminds me of how enduring this planet is, how forgiving it can be, and that wherever we are, we can begin again. And then I heard news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and felt the impact of one more challenge.
At what a pivotal moment I arrive here with you, when the world is in the midst of a paradigm shift – a challenging concept to explain to middle school students when I worked with them, but that we are viscerally experiencing now. What I thought I knew about how life was, how I projected my coming days to be, unraveled entirely.
We are in the midst of High Holy Days when, in the Jewish tradition, we make amends, hold ourselves accountable, and are present for each other as we try. Though we may carry grief, for ourselves or our loved ones, for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and for our extended community enduring yet more obstacles, we are not alone. This is a time when we are not restored to our old selves, but are new again in a way that we have not been before. May we move towards our most authentic selves, into a new year, and in community.
We can be certain that there is change.
We can lean into a certainty of adapting
Of adapting together.