2016 Women’s Retreat
A reflection of a beautiful Shabbat written for the Women of Rodef Sholom sisterhood at our annual retreat, read by the author to her sisters by the fireside.
Here, it is Good
by D.L. Lang
Far away from the city now,
reconnecting to our souls and how!
Wandering this rainbow floral wonderland
as wind chimes ring a calming song
beneath prayer flags
whose messages of peace do freely wave
in multilingual unity—
a clue to how the world should be.
Here, it is good.
We stand together as women
barefoot in the sanctuary,
singing with our hearts out,
connecting to the energy and serenity of love.
The mealtime bells do ring along,
as we embrace in holy sing-a-longs.
Nights of singing Jewish, folk,
and country songs,
in a round barn.
The birds are giving
concerts of their own
as sisters sing
with angelic voices, echoing
into the heavens.
Like each bird with our unique notes to bring,
gathered here to pray and sing
for peace and goodness
as we pause from travelling
the labyrinths of our lives
as loving daughters, mothers, sisters, and wives.
Sitting by the fire pit,
reveling in the simple joy of it.
The sweet smell of smoke rises in the air
like the hopes and dreams that we all share.
United as sisters we all will stay,
trying to be holy
in these fleeting days,
admiring those who came before us
and ignited the way.
On this ranch we adore the food,
but what tastes so sweet as sisterhood?