Beshalach: “When he sent out”
What is a miracle?
Is it a child’s first step?
Perhaps the first flower of spring?
Or the inner comfort you are not alone?
With pillars of cloud and fire to guide them
G-d’s people sought such miracles
Not only in the belief of rain
But in the innocence that comes from trust
Years toiling with sweat upon your brow
As if to speak in silence
As each voice echoes first with another
“I am here”
So hearts may harden
And promises break
But as the sand follies between the toes
As uncertainty links expectation
A miracle occurs
Not because it is expected
The water’s edge is reached
And by the staff of a simple shepherd
The way is made clear
For to walk through now-parted waters
Rabbi Tad Campbell
(Rabbi Tad Campbell is a published writer and poet who holds an MA from the University of Oxford, England, the MTS from Duke, and his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical Seminary. He is a board certified chaplain and pastoral counselor and currently serves with Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, Florida.)