On the naming of blogs

The title and tagline for this blog are taken from the Reform Jewish liturgy for erev shabbat (Friday night services). Here is the prayer in full:

DAYS PASS and the years vanish, and we walk sightless among miracles.

God, fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing; let there be moments when Your presence, like lightning, illumines the darkness in which we walk. Help us to see, wherever we gaze, that the bush burns unconsumed.

And we, clay touched by God, will reach out for holiness, and exclaim in wonder: How filled with awe is this place, and we did not know it!

This above all, I think, is becoming the deepest desire of my heart and the focus of my spiritual wandering – just to see. To open my eyes “and then open them again”, as Tiffany Aching learned to do…

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour. – William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

(Serendipitously, the picture above – which is absolutely perfect for my purposes – was the default that WordPress put in place when I created the blog!)


About Erik

Husband, father, biblioholic, singer, drummer, Pagan, UU
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