Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Faith is the basis of all worship; only the truly faithful can pray each day.
And what is the basis of faith? "He renews each day the work of Creation."
The faithful one sees that every day is a new creation, that all the worlds are new, that we ourselves have just been born.
How could we not want to sing the praise of the Creator?
If we do not have the faith that God creates anew each day, prayer becomes an old, unwanted habit. How difficult it is to say the same words day after day!
Thus scripture says: "Cast us not into old age!" - may the word never become old for us.
(Source: Your Word is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer Edited by Arthur Green & Barry W. Holtz, Jewish Lights Publishing, 1993).