Friday, February 24, 2012

Terumah: Opening to receive God's offerings

Terumah Exodus 25:2 – "from every person whose heart inspires him to generosity, you shall take My offering..’    

Usually we read this verse as instructing us about something that we humans offer to God.  However, the language (terumahti) clearly says that  God is offering us something - something that can be taken from the inspired and generous heart. And what is it that God offers us when we are open-hearted?  Open-heartedness brings a sense of connection, a feeling of safety, and an overwhelming gratitude for having something to be able to give. Generosity begets gratitude, a gratitude we ourselves feel (rather than the gratitude of whomever has been the recipient of our generosity). This gratitude further softens our heart and inspires us to greater opening, creating a flow of connection so that we become aware of the beauty and preciousness of the incredible mishkan of the Universe in which we live.

May we be moved to act generously toward ourselves and others. And may we discern, in the fruits of that generosity, the richness of life that God continually offers us.

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