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01 May 2008 @ 02:56 pm
Graceful Passages  

In Your Blessed Hands (We witness a sacred conversation between the Jewish Rabbi and His God)

God, You made me.
From before I was born,
You took me through my life.
You supported me.
You were there with me when I wasn't there with You.
There were times I was sick and You healed me.
There were times I was in despair and You gave me hope.
There were times when I felt betrayed and I could still turn to You.

It was a wonderful life. I loved and I was loved.
I sang, I heard music, I saw flowers, I saw sunrises and sunsets.
Even in places when I was alone.
You, in my heart, helped me turn loneliness into precious solitude.
I look back over the panorama of my life.
What a wonderful privilege this was!

I still have some concerns for people in the family,
   for the world, for the planet.
I put them in Your Blessed Hands.
I trust that whatever in the web of life that needed me to be there
   is now completed.
I thank You for taking the burden from me.
And I thank You for keeping me in the Light.
As I let go, and let go, and let go...and let go.

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

Graceful Passages is a 2 CD set that contains music and spoken messages about death from a variety of spiritual perspectives. You can find it here:


Ariana Dawnhawkarianadawnhawk on May 1st, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
That's lovely.

I've been thinking about this sort of thing today because Cora Anderson, one of the founders of Feri Tradition, died this morning. From what I've been reading, it was an expected and graceful passage.
Tapatitapati on May 2nd, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Then I am glad I was moved to post it. Synchronicity, maybe.