As the month of Elul comes to a close,
As the moon disappears from view,
The call of the shofar beckons.
Come close, it says; listen carefully.
Erase all distractions – the tiny details of preparation, the hugeness of the responsibilities.
God is calling for my return, for yours – calling us to remember, calling us up from the darkness of missed opportunities to days and life renewed.
I stand here, before the gates of the New Year,
My heart open, my voice trembling,
Filled with gratitude and joy.