Passover (Pesach) – A Time to Remember (& Celebrate)
The remembrance draws near
A day marking
The beginning of promises long unfulfilled
To remember and to be thankful
To hold the desires for hope and peace near
The mighty exodus
Out of generations of slavery
Into generations of promise
What a story
What a hope
Blood on the lintels
A centuries-old ache for this suffering to end
Nearly missed the coming hope
Despondency and bondage
Etched upon the souls
Making “the shema” so hard to conceive of
So challenging to believe
Will this suffering ever end?
Will we ever be free?
Promise and covenant long forgotten
By the multitude of children
But remembered by the One
A deliverer chosen
An unworthy man slow of speech rises
A man arguing with the Almighty rises
What should I tell them?
Will they believe me?
What if it gets worse for them?
What then, O G-d, what then?
Stop arguing with Me
I hear the groaning of My people
I remember My covenant
I see them
I know their sorrows
I am finished with this cruel bondage
My people have undergone
Answer that it is I who have heard their groaning
It is I who have heard their cry
The G-d of their fathers
Tell them it is I who will deliver
The story progresses
Larger than life
Greater than anything the world
Had ever seen before
Or has seen since
Were suffering under cruelty and sadness
Would wait no longer
The day came
The deliverer arose
The blood of the lamb on the doorposts
The mass exodus
Out of Egypt
Out of bondage
Running away from slavery
Towards a promise
And a hope
Nearly replaced with emptiness and pain
By the One
Who gave the promise
And gives the hope
When He saw you in bondage
And heard your cries
And He answered
Happy Passover & Chag Pesach Sameach!
Poem based on excerpts from Exodus 2 – 15.
For more on the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread see Exodus 12 – 13, Leviticus 23 or Ezekiel 45.
“The Shema” is the most famous Biblical prayer/confession for the Jewish community worldwide throughout most of its history. It is prayed twice a day by many and on holidays and the Sabbath. It is found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. For more info check out http://www.aish.com/jl/m/pb/48954656.html
I am joining with katemotaung.com for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes about a word. No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
The prompt is Unite.
To be honest, I wrote longer than five minutes and didn’t mention “unite” although it was in my mind relating to the Passover story, deliverance and redemption. Enjoy!