Let Us Be Like Children by Rabbi Michael Davis, High Holydays, 2018

Let Us Be Like Children by Rabbi Michael Davis, High Holydays, 2018

“Let us be like children who cling to the hand unafraid” 
            (From the Gates of Mourning prayerbook)


Let us be like children whose anger and sadness come and go in a moment
Let us be like children who recall the most detailed memories of a moment for a lifetime    
Let us be like children who open their arms and melt into our hugs
Let us be like children who kiss with bright eyes open
Let us be like children who fight so fiercely since they do not know yet that family can be fragile
Let us be like children who know that life is a terrifying and exciting adventure and leap into it anyway

Let us be like children whose drink in the story with their whole beings.
Let us be like children who ask the biggest questions in the simplest of ways
Let us be like children who will not focus on getting that job done because all that matters is what is happening here right now

Let us be like children who tell us we are faking it before we know it ourselves
Let us be like the child who cries “The Emperor Has No Clothes!”
Let us learn from children that people of all ages act not from the intellect and the facts but from the heart and desire.

Let us be like children who cry: “it’s not fair!” with an outrage that demands justice
Let us be like children who teach us what it means to be alive!
Let us be like the best in our children.

May the children in our lives teach us to remember that we too were once children too and that child within us is alive!