Erev Shabbat Message from Rabbi Feldman


Posted by The Jewish Center on 06/14/2019

Dear Friends,
I sat with someone this week to talk about some personal issues she is facing. I did my best to be listen and be supportive. She was questioning God and wanted to know if God listens to our personal prayers. I shared some stories with her from Rabbinic tradition about how we can find God's messengers in our lives if we adopt the proper perspective. At the end of our conversation she shared a poem with me. I have read it before and I know that it can be quite powerful. I don't know the author of this poem because it is always listed as "unknown". I would not be surprised if it was written by someone from another religious tradition. However, it also can speak to Jewish people and help us all think about moments in our lives when we need to feel God's presence. Here is the poem:


          One night I dreamed a dream.
          As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
          Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
          For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
          One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
          After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
          I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
          I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
          especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
          there was only one set of footprints.
          This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
          "Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
          You'd walk with me all the way.
          But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
          there was only one set of footprints.
          I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."
          He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
          Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
          When you saw only one set of footprints,
          It was then that I carried you."
 
 Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Adam Feldman