02 Oct All Beginnings Are Hard
Kol Hatchilot Quashot: “All beginnings are hard.” This expression has German and Hebrew roots, but it resonates with people no matter what language translation is used. Change is hard. I had a friend who often said, “All change is first perceived as loss.” I have thought of that often throughout my life and have passed that wisdom on to others. Our relationships, however, are not static or unmoving. Things should not be fixed or finished. We journey from challenge to challenge and from joy to joy and affliction to affliction. That is why we need God’s help.
This is a week of change in the Jewish calendar as we celebrate Simchat Torah (Rejoicing with the Torah). This marks the end of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings and the beginning of the new cycle. It is a joyous holiday that celebrates the Jewish love of Torah and study. On the morning of the holiday, the last portion of the book of Deuteronomy is read in synagogue, followed by the first portion of the book of Genesis (the end and the beginning of the Torah, respectively).
For God beginnings are easy! The Scriptures tell us that He not only creates the world, but he creates new hearts (Psalm 51). The same imaginative power is used in both creations. He creates new beginnings every single day for us – His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22).
Enjoy God’s presence in all the changes that this season brings.
Written by Andrew Barron, Canadian Director
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