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A friend called yesterday with not-so-good news.  Health and home were fine, but news from work was pretty bleak.  We all hit rough patches and stretches, and when we do, Isiah 40:4 might give us pause and hope reminding us that each hill, mountain, valley or pit is part of a much larger landscape.  Moreover when we fervently faithful,  ardently atheist or anywhere in-between, when we step back to take in the broad panorama, we see that the smooth passages and the rough, the hills and the valleys fit into a great landscape through which we never travel entirely alone

~~כָּל-גֶּיא, יִנָּשֵׂא, וְכָל-הַר וְגִבְעָה, יִשְׁפָּלוּ; וְהָיָה הֶעָקֹב לְמִישׁוֹר, וְהָרְכָסִים לְבִקְעָה ~~Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the rugged shall be made level, and the rough places a plain~~[Isiah 40:4]

How did you conquer the last uphill battle?  How will that help you forge ahead through the next rough spot?

Here is your Biblical Hebrew Bonus Challenge- How much can you translate below:

~~כָּל-גֶּיא, יִנָּשֵׂא, וְכָלהַר וְגִבְעָה, יִשְׁפָּלוּ; וְהָיָה הֶעָקֹב לְמִישׁוֹר, וְהָרְכָסִים לְבִקְעָה ~~Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the rugged shall be made level, and the rough places a plain~~

Let me know if you’d like to travel together in Hebrew.  Happy trails!  L’Shalom, Rabbi Sheryl

 

 

 

 

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