Hold On! A New Day
Meshivat Nefesh #58
Reb Nosson explains that the fresh recitation of the Shema prayer every day is our way of continually expanding our awareness that it’s God’s Will alone that directs everything that occurs. Yesterday’s Shema shouldn’t be the same as today’s. And by tomorrow, I hope that I’ll say it with more understanding and willingness to see and accept the Divine Will as it operates in my life.
The idea of every day adding its own new forward motion to my spiritual life is a basic one in the Torah. We find that the process of purification from different forms of ritual impurity can take different numbers of days, and each of those days is an essential part of the process. My life is also a continuum of trying to get closer to my Creator, and every day (potentially) moves me forward toward my goal. Every day is essential; every day is precious…every day has its new lesson to teach me and offers me a new degree of closeness.
Please help me to realize
how precious every single day of life is.
It’s only through the chaining
of one day after the other,
each with its own fresh opportunities,
that I can grow into
the person that I was meant to be.
(Hilchot Birchot HaShachar 5:41-42)