Shabbat Shalom

This is an awesome day. And while Shabbat does not start until tonight, today is the day where we pack up for the trip. Night will descend and with it, a blanket of peace and rest. As you transition from the day into the night, here is something to get you started. It’s called A Poem for Shabbat by a lady named Stacey Robinson. The song in the video is by a band called Oi Va Voi, which translated means “Oh Dear!”

A Poem for Shabbat by Stacey Robinson

And so we stand
On the edge of this week

Pebbles strewn at our feet
The distance between us an endless heartbeat
The difference like night
Like day
Like light and darkness

Like God
Who separates the days
And brings us
Ever and always
To this holy edge

To this Shabbat

Where we stand
Trembling with effort
Weary from a week filled with
Noise and action and movement
Restless and driven
From one moment to the next
Until we are brought to this edge

This endless and always edge
To this Shabbat
Sacred and at peace
We pause
We breathe
At rest
Separate

Together
With God
Together
With one another
In a flickerflame of candle light
The setting of the sun
From one breath to the next
One heartbeat
We stand on the edge and cross into the infinite
As one
Into peace
Into Shabbat

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