ברב שרעפי בקרבי
תנחומיך ישעשעו נפשי

When my cares are many in me, 
Your comforts delight my soul. [1]

(For a colleague, on her father’s passing):

L-rd,
Your Peace
is perfect
and complete,

Growing
in me
like a seed
blossoming,
like a full moon
on a dark, clear night,
like a sip of water
on a hot day.

Peace unshakeable,
like silence
in a winter forest;
unmoving,
like warmth
on a cornfield
in summer.

Now and ever
You fill the heart
of those
who let You
be known.

( 2/1/10) [2]

What could I say, what did I have to offer, at such a sad time? I hoped that expressing the Peace I feel in G-d’s Presence would help her and her family recollect the Peace they’d felt in prayer, too, in happier times.

We’ve all felt that Peace, at some moment in our lives. Probably more than once.

We all pray — even if we don’t know it; even if we call it something else.

We needn’t demand of ourselves that we remain perfectly calm at life’s most painful moments. But we should know how to return ourselves to calmness, to bear those moments better. We best return to calmness, by turning to G-d’s own Presence.

“Are you able to accept with serenity the bad that cannot be changed?
If not, what attitudes would help you?” [3]

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[1] Ps. 94:19
[2] c. 2010 by Rabbi Eli Mallon
[3] Pliskin, Rabbi Zelig; Gateway to Self-Knowledge; p. 401