EXCERPTS FROM A SERMON
by Larry Gelb
Occasionally, when the Rabbi is on vacation or ill, I have been asked to give a sermon in his place. In accepting this challenge, it requires much research on the subject chosen to present to the congregation. During these times of looking for material that might guide my thoughts into the preparation of that sermon, I sometimes come across material that may be suitable for the sermon, but is so extraordiary that I think it needs passing on to all of our congregants. The following piece is one of those things that I think bears repeating. There was no author noted where I discovered it, so I cannot give credit to its author. But I will bet it took many hours of composing the words to arrive at what the author wanted. I do hope you find it as challenging and interesting as I did.
Today was the absolute worst day ever,
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day,
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness does not last.
And it’s not true that
it’s all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be obtained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree on that.
Its all beyond my control.
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that
Today was a good day.
PRETTY MORBID AT THAT!
But don’t stop now!
READ IT BACKWARDS, FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP
AND THEN WHAT DO YOU THINK?