“Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored! Renew our days as of old (Lamentations 5:21).” I chose this verse, the second to last one in in the book of Lamentations, first because it’s one that I recognized right away from years and years of Shabbat services. It’s usually sung pretty robustly, and throughout this project, I’ve been so happy to see pieces of text that I’m familiar with in their original contexts. I really love the idea of restoration and renewal. The holiday of Tu B’shvat is coming up, and even just today, I was able to walk to work for the first time in weeks because the weather is clearing up. Of course it’s only January and there’s plenty of winter left to go, but I can see that the earth and the world is starting to renew itself, going through the cycle of healing and warming that makes it whole once again. We all need that regular renewal, which is why I love cycles so much – of the calendar, the moon, our lives. Bringing us back to place we were in before, but as different, newly evolved people, allows us to keep growing, which is the most important thing as we move through our lives.
A positive note to end a sad book on! But with that, Eichah/Lamentations is done, and tomorrow starts yet another new book. 807 chapters down, 122 to go!