Parsha, Emor: Leviticus 21:1-24:23, Ezekiel 44:15-31, 1 Peter 2:4-10

To our 9:00 am Shabbat Ark of Prayer and the Mishpacha within,

This week’s parsha is Emor: Leviticus 21:1-24:23, Ezekiel 44:15-31, 1 Peter 2:4-10

I told someone during our March of Remembrance last weekend that it is an unfortunate truth about my relationship with Yeshua that I am a better follower of my Master when crud is raining down on me than when it is not. I do not like the pain and stress this causes and wish the need for crud was not necessary at all. It is a rather sad and embarrassing admission.

In the midst of trouble I tend not to take anything for granted, including my relationship with Him, or the fruits and relationships in my life. I tend to be on my face more regularly before Him seeking His guidance and help, giving Him my full attention. 

That is how I should be living day to day … giving G-d my full attention. But because I live life amongst the waves in the tidal zone where the tyranny of the urgent routinely displaces the important, I do not. 

I think this is one of the reasons that G-d instituted all the festivals, Shabbat on which we do no work, and the other rituals. He knows we are, or at least I am, a slow learner and fast forgetter.

G-d’s ordinances cause me to slow down and reflect on my life and remember that there is no Provider other than G-d and that my life needs to reflect the Holiness and values of my Master.  

I believe that G-d calls us to remember His past deliverances and who He is so we have the strength and courage to face our current and future challenges and live for Him in the present.  How timid I am sometimes with my faith and life in view of the One to whom I belong. One of my favorite Scriptures, during crud times, is Psalm 77.

Do you struggle from time to time with these issues like I do?

What do you do to get “back in the groove”?

Although I do pray explicitly for outcomes I want for myself, I find I end up with more Peace and better outcomes if I pray more often like this:

Yeshua, I offer myself to you to build with me and to do with me as You wish. Relieve me of my bondage to self, so that I am better able to do Your will. Help me live one day at a time, enjoy one moment at a time and accept hardship as a pathway to Your Peace.

Guide me through this day and show me my next step. Yeshua, give me what I need to take care of these problems so that I may be of maximum service to you and my fellow man, being an example to those around me of Your Power, Your Love, and Your Way of life. Amen

I find praying like this helps release me from the struggle against what I do not like and helps me see and act on the Golden Path that G-d has drawn through the trouble which leads to maximum service to Him and my fellow man.

Blessings to you and yours. Be daring in your prayers this week.

I hope to see you at our Shabbat prayer session this weekend.

Your brother in Yeshua in the TEVA TEFILAH,


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