Shema to Comfort Mourners

folded white fabric in shadows

To remember these words
not only
when we lie down in slumber

and not only
when we rise up to greet the light of the day

but when our heart breaks in loss.

A part of ourself hangs on,
while the rest of of our body
tumbles to earth.

In the suspension of disbelief,
we cling
to the in between place
that Your words fold into.

And like a note nestled in Your holy wall,
we gradually fold into each other
into the loss
and into You.

Through uncertainty, we come into Love
that picks us up
and shows us everything
we are meant to live and die for.

Ritualwell content is available for free thanks to the generous support of readers like you! Please help us continue to offer meaningful content with a donation today. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Rituals

Shop Ritualwell - Discover unique Judaica products

The Reconstructionist Network

Liturgy Writing for Prayer Leaders

This immersion is for prayer leaders who have some experience writing prayers and want to receive feedback and hone their skills as liturgists in a supportive environment.

Six sessions, starting May 24th

Get the latest from Ritualwell

Subscribe for the latest rituals, online learning opportunities, and unique Judaica finds from our store.