Elul is that time of the year to reflect and prepare ourselves mentally for the High Holidays approaching. Each day of Elul, I’ll reflect on a theme and invite you to come along on that journey. Feel free to comment with your reflections on the theme, post your own blog or Facebook thoughts, or just quietly give yourself a bit of spiritual space.
I think about today’s theme – “Bless,” and I can’t help but wonder.
Is that something I truly have within my power to do?
Sure, I may say a blessing over a meal. I might bless someone who sneezes. I might wish someone blessings and love. I acknowledge and feel grateful for the blessings in my life, both those obvious and those in disguise.
But the very act of blessing. Is that my power, or is it God’s?
Every other verb on this month’s list is something I can do. Something within my capacity. I’m not so sure this one is.
Of course, I could speak to “the Divine within;” because God is in each one of us, each one of us truly has the power to bless.
Do we really, though? If I have the power to bestow blessings, wouldn’t it naturally follow that it is within my power to curse? I don’t desire to be weighted with that task. A Divine choice, indeed – one I don’t wish to make.
Which leads me to wonder. What are the powers we bestow to God, and what are the powers we recognize and develop within ourselves?
Where does the Divine within us end, and the human begin?