We praise each new day’s dawn

Knowing in our brokenness
it is You who makes us whole

In our shared-hunger

You fill us with shalom

Separate we are as grains of sand

Sifted together into rich soil
upon which grows a harvest of joy

The taste of sweet fruit

You once more plant within

You are the great farmer
who nourishes the heart’s seed

Warmth from an all too cold world

Freedom from our adversities
weeding to uproot our home

Your hand guides us on
as You lead the autumn dance

Reaping these holy days
the night’s whispered prayer wrapped in the blanketing moon

All that we have
and all that we offer
stems from our longing-spirits

Gathered this miraculous season
in Your lulav’s tender song

Rabbi Tad Berga

(Rabbi Tad Berga 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 bereavement counselor who currently serves Seasons Hospice in Pinellas, Florida.)

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