Monday, December 10, 2018

Poetry on Monday

Biker Santa

T’was the week before Christmas -I had lots to do
With my Christmas shopping I was only half through.
But just now I decided I needed to rest.
So it was off to the recliner and my own little nest.
The tree was up but that’s all that was done
This year Christmas just didn’t seem like fun.

I was sitting and resting with a fresh cup of coffee
Staring at that undecorated tree.
Those list’s of “to do’s” danced round in my head.
Packages needed wrapping and I must mix that batch of bread.
Presents to buy and cookies to bake
Cards to mail and sweaters to make.

With all that to do I must get busy
If I worry to much I’ll be in a tizzy,
But, it’s snowing out now so I’ll just take a nap.
I must pet the kitty who just climbed into my lap.)
Just rest awhile before starting all that work
(Lest you think that my duties I’d shirk

Then all of a sudden horns honking were heard
“What’s that” I exclaimed, “Oh my word!”
I leaped to my feet scattering coffee and cat,
Wondering about the noise, just what is that?
What is happening out there today?
I rushed to the window to see who was at play.

I gazed outside, up and down my street
And all of a sudden my eyes got a treat.
Eight bikers rode by, horns blaring and tooting
With green leather jackets and bags full of booty.
Each biker, an elf, with pointy little ears
And to my eyes came wondrous tears

I giggled, I laughed, You might say I howled.
And then I looked and spotted what followed
He came with a roar, a wave and a toot.
Oh Santa, I thought, “What a hoot!’
Biker Santa roaring by on a big red Harley
Making noise enough to wake Jacob Marley.

Christmas changes you’ve made
What plans have you laid?
He looked up with a grin and he gave me a wink.
So I pulled away from the old kitchen sink.
A wave of his hand and a smile from those cheeks
At a new way of thinking he’d given me a peek

I thought of the lists of things I needed to do.
And I realized that Santa had one too.
You shouldn’t have to rush around town
With your face set in a perpetual frown
While you cook and bake those cakes so fruity.
Christmas shouldn’t be just work and duty.

No, Christmas time comes once a year
With Santa, elves and (sometimes) reindeer
As Santa rode by on his bike of red,
He waved, grinned and then he said,
“You know, our work we should not shun
But, remember friends, Christmas should be FUN!”

Here is wishing you all a very Merry (and Fun) Christmas.

I looked out in front one day and saw this guy going by on a motorcycle dressed as SANTA.  He was having fun and it was contagious. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Night Music V!


Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, in writing about the rededication of the Temple after its defilement by the Greeks, describes how the Maccabees hoped and prayed that their actions “would be graced with a miraculous fire from heaven,” as had Moses’ dedication of the Tabernacle in the wilderness, and Solomon’s dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem, centuries earlier. 

Yet no fire came. “Every day that the miraculous divine intervention did not occur,” Greenberg writes, “was a crushing disappointment” (The Jewish Way, 267). The lighting of the Menorah by human hands and with natural fire, then, came to represent and ultimately replace the lack of divine fire descending from heaven. 

Lighting the Hanukkah candles is continuing in that tradition, requiring our own human participation and initiative in the Jewish covenant. We cannot wait for God to bring warmth and light to the world; like the Maccabees, it is our sacred task to take on this sacred task. What will you do, after lighting your Hanukkiah, to help bring down the miraculous fire?

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"Were I to be the founder of a new sect,
I would call them Apiarians, and, after the example of the bee,
advise them to extract the honey of every sect."  
- Thomas Jefferson

“The greatest gift is to give people your enlightenment, to share it.
It has to be the greatest.”
~ Buddha

“Even if my flesh and blood were to dry up,
leaving only skin and bones,
I will not leave this place until I find a way to end all sorrow.“
~ Buddha

"I put down my book, The Meaning of Zen,
and see the cat smiling into her fur
as she delicately combs it with her rough pink tongue.
'Cat, I would lend you this book to study
but it appears you have already read it.'
She looks up and gives me her full gaze.
'Don't be ridiculous,' she purrs, 'I wrote it.' "
~Dilys Laing (1906-1960)

"A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows,
even though we do not love it....
In this way our life should be understood.
hen there is no problem."
~Shunryu Suzuki

"He loved the soothing hour, when the last tints of light die away;
when the stars, one by one, tremble through æther,
and are reflected on the dark mirror of the waters;
that hour, which, of all others,
inspires the mind with pensive tenderness,
and often elevates it to sublime contemplation."
~Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823)

"One century's saint is the next century's heretic ...
and one century's heretic is the next century's saint.
It is as well to think long and calmly before affixing either name
to any given person."
~Ellis Peters (1913-1995)

“Nature is one of the most underutilized treasures in life.
It has the power to unburden hearts
and reconnect to that inner place of peace.”

~Dr. Janice Anderson & Kiersten Anderson

"Grace provides the framework within which a meaningful life is lived.
Love is the substance of it day to day.
To live a spiritual life, then, is essentially to do things
'for the love of it' - to do things without attachment
to a result or reward."
-Dharmavidya David Brazier

"Simplify your life.
Don’t waste the years struggling
for things that are unimportant.
Don’t burden yourself with possessions.
Keep your needs and wants simple
and enjoy what you have.
Don’t destroy your peace of mind
by looking back, worrying about the past.
Live in the present.

~Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Night Music V

Hanukkah VII

While we have the Book of Maccabees which tells of the fight against the Greeks, this book is not actually in the Bible, and Hanukkah is our only significant historical holiday without a corresponding book in the Bible.

Additionally, many people throughout our history have found the theme of military power to be troubling. The Rabbis sought to add more meaning to Hanukkah through the liturgy that we recite on the Shabbat of Hanukkah. This past Shabbat, the haftarah we read was from the book of Zekhariah, which concludes, “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, said Adonai” (Zekhariah 4:6).

The Rabbis chose this message to remind us that it’s more important to celebrate God’s Spirit, and how that Spirit can move us in our lives, than it is to celebrate might or power. What are the ways that we can use God’s spirit as a motivating force in our lives?

As we light the Hanukkah candles tonight, let’s remember these words from Zekhariah, and think about how the light of the Hanukkiah can be a reminder God’s Spirit.