A moment for Sandy Hook

Mug shot of the 27 victims of the Newtown, CT massacre

“The light of life is a finite flame.
Like the Shabbat candles,
life is kindled, it burns, it glows,
it is radiant with warmth and beauty.
But soon it fades, its substance is consumed,
and it is no more.

In light we see;
in light we are seen.
The flames dance
and our life burns down and gutters.
There is an end to the flames.
We see no more
and are no more seen,
yet we do not despair,
for we are more than a memory
slowly fading into the darkness.
With our lives we give life.
Something of us can never die:
we move into the eternal cycle
of darkness and death,
of light and life.”

~ in Meditations from Mishkan T’filah, a Reform Siddur