Tonight is the start of Passover, an eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates God’s redemption of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago.
Passover is one of my favorite holidays. The Seder combines two of my favorite activities: ritual and asking questions.
One reason we engage in the various rituals of the Seder is to help us integrate the story so that we can feel like we, too, had been liberated from Egypt.
The Exodus from Egypt was the start of a journey of faith for the Jewish people. They left Egypt without knowing where they were going, when they would get there, or what they would find there.
The crux of the commandment to have a Seder is the mandate that
In every generation, each person is required to see themselves as if they had personally left Egypt.
This year, I feel that resonate in new ways.
Seven months ago I sold my home. I did not have a new place lined up. Since then, I’ve lived without a permanent home, moving from place to place. I listen to the guidance from within that tells me when it’s time to leave a place and move on to the next.
To some people, it looks like I’m wandering in the desert, drifting aimlessly without a plan. But there is a plan.
The plan is not my plan. It comes from a higher source. I am listening to it and following it.
It is a journey of faith and trust.
Each of us has these journeys in our lives: moments where we uproot from our life as we know it and find ourselves feeling “lost” in the “desert” of life.
In these times it is important to remember that there is a plan. You don’t have to know the plan. Your job is to listen and trust.