Tehillim Forty-Three: Light

“Send Your light and Your truth, that they may lead me; they shall bring me to Your Holy Mount and to Your dwellings (Psalms 43:3).” It’s Thursday, the last day of writing after an unusually long and exhausting week. Between the holidays and the transition back to work afterwards, I’m pretty burned out, so I wanted to find something simple and positive as an ending verse to reflect on. This one served that purpose – I love the imagery of God’s light and truth being sent to us as guides. In synagogue this past week, we read about the pillar of cloud/fire that guided the Israelites throughout their wanderings in the desert. While we don’t have a physical manifestation of God’s presence in that same way, I do love the idea of His light being both physically and emotionally present. But since it isn’t, it’s up to each of us to figure out how to bring that light into our own lives, and to recognize it when it’s there.

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