Life is a Journey

Whenever I attend a shabbat service at my synagogue, there is one incredibly moving passage that has brought great meaning to my life – especially when friends and family members have experienced profound loss. While it’s incredibly hard to find the right words to comfort someone who has lost someone close to them, what I would like to share is this incredible poem, written by Rabbi Alvin I. Fine.
Please take a moment, read it and share it with those you love.
Life is a Journey
By: Rabbi Alvin I. Fine
Birth is a beginning
and death a destination
And life is a journey:
From childhood to maturity
and youth to age;
From innocence to awareness
and ignorance to knowing;
From foolishness to discretion
and then perhaps to wisdom.
From weakness to strength or
from strength to weakness
and often back again;
From health to sickness
and we pray to health again.
From offense to forgiveness
from loneliness to love
from joy to gratitude
from pain to compassion
from grief to understanding
from fear to faith.
From defeat to defeat to defeat
until looking backwards or ahead
We see that victory lies not
at some high point along the way
but in having made the journey
step by step
a sacred pilgrimage.
Birth is a beginning
and death a destination
And life is a journey;
A sacred journey to life everlasting