I brought our Siberian Husky, Trooper with us when I came down to see my sick friend a couple of days ago. He’s starting to get used to being in a new place. At first he wasn’t sure where to go, what to do and I walked with him around the back yard, took him to his room and showed him everything was okay. Now, he runs around outside, sleeps better than I do in his spot by the bed and has a look of “like” not lost.
I sat with my friend today and in between his naps read from a Jewish prayer book. The words of the almost one hundred year old book contains a lot of comfort using readings, poems, reflections and Psalms. They tell of a new world and give glimpses of a place unknown. As I read to my friend I can tell some of the words are hard to hear for a part of him. He knows this place, it’s sights, smells, it’s delights and even it’s difficulties and challenges, are familiar.
I hope what I read to him, what others read, the prayers said pull back the veil enough to help him become comfortable, perhaps a growing longing, for the new place which awaits him.