Reflection for Rosh Chodesh Adar

By Judith Golden

In Adar we journey
       From horror to hilarity
Visiting the extremes
       As we work to find our center

With Esther we learn to come out of hiding
To face the truth
       Of who we are
       Of our danger
       Of our fear
       Of the Haman within our own hearts
       Of our obligation to act
              Against the darkness that threatens our aliveness
              To risk choosing survival . . . and wholeness

We learn to set aside our garment of heaviness
       Laden with the knowledge of what was
       And what might have been
To laugh at ourselves
       Noisily overpowering the voices of deadness

As winter ends
       Leaving us on the threshold of spring
We celebrate life
       With abandon



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