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With a Jewish Voice: Step 7

With a Jewish Voice: Step 7


“Wherever you go, God goes with you.”  Deuteronomy Rabbah 2:10

Step 7: Humbly asked G-d to remove our shortcomings.

Does God really hear our prayers? Doesn’t it seem that most times, prayers just go out of our mouths and into the air?  Like a great armada of boats, sailing up to heaven and into God’s presence. Is this what we really mean when we pray? The word makes it sound like asking for something. May I have an ‘A’ on a test, or a puppy? Or to get more serious, can I get back to health, may I pray for peace and serenity?  

 

Such direct questioning rarely gets direct answers. And it is just this sort of question that makes us feel further from God — especially when we don’t get the answer we were seeking. We become angry, we build resentments, and we lose hope.

So, how do I approach this step? We are asking a direct question. Don’t we deserve an answer?

According to our tradition, the answer is in the question. And the answer won’t likely come in a bolt from the sky or a booming voice in our dreams. The voice will likely come from God’s greatest creation.

It is as close as your partner or spouse, sitting across the table, or your best friend on the phone. We are all made in the image of God. It is the spark inside that gives us life. If you listen, you will hear God in your neighbors and from your friends. But you must be humble and listen more than you speak. Hear and you will heal.

Written by Eric Miller, Posted in Counseling Services

About the Author

Eric Miller

Eric Miller

In recovery since 2008, Eric has a great deal of knowledge about substance abuse. He couples his experience with his observant Jewish upbringing to offer a Jewish lens to the issues of addiction and sobriety.