One of my favorite parts of the weekday and holy day liturgy is this reminder of God's patience:
Text: excerpted from Exodus 34:6-7
God, God is gracious and compassionate, patient, abounding in kindness and faithfulness, assuring love for a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin, and granting pardon.
This prayer is repeated three times, each time a little louder and more forcefully, to make sure we really understand that in life we get second chances, and more. I chose a circle—not a perfect one—as a metaphor for this cycle of trying, failing, and, with God's help and love, trying again and again.
I was also intrigued by the two yuds used in many siddurim as an abbreviation of God's name. They're the smallest letters, but represent the largest possible idea. They look like quotation marks. Whose voice do they evoke… God's, as transcribed by Moshe? Moshe's interpretation of what he heard on the mountain? Or maybe our own words interpreting Moshe? Maybe the symbol of the unutterable name of God represents our own voices, each day of our lives.
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