Shabbat shalom, y’all!
Tonight begins Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song. We’ll read about crossing the sea to freedom in Exodus and sing songs that lift and move us to remember. Congregations will be filled with vibrant music and song to celebrate this very special Shabbat.
Considering what we’re reading this this week, I thought I’d share a favorite midrash of mine.
When the Israelites crossed the sea to freedom, there were two kinds of people among them. There were those who looked up and those who looked down. Those who looked up saw the sky above, the water nearby, and a new life ahead. They knew they were part of something incredible and although they knew it would be difficult, as it had already been, they were present and thankful. They walked on dry land.
The other people were the ones who looked down. Their mind was only on how difficult things had been, how long the road was, and their heavy load. They could not appreciate what has happening before their eyes. They only knew complaint and they walked in mud.
This Shabbat, no matter what may be, remember to look up. You are loved by unending love.
Shabbat Shalom and may you be moved on this Sabbath of Song.