|Image courtesy silverspeck|
I'm not entirely sure what draws me to wearing it. Perhaps it is because I think Hebrew is a beautiful language (even though I can't read or speak it). There's something about knowing how ancient the words are, how the word chai takes us back to both creation stories in Genesis: living creatures, every living thing, the breath of life. It's more than the use of the word there, though. When I look at the first creation story, when "the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep" (1:1), it is as if everything is asleep, waiting silently for God to wake it up and help it to come alive and realize its full potential.
For reasons that are different for all of us, we often don't realize that we are asleep and need to wake up and come alive. Or we wake up and press the snooze button. Or the many activities we are involved in get in the way. Coming alive isn't instantaneous. Regardless of whether one believes in a literal or figurative six-day-creation, we can see that it takes some amount of time for life to happen.
So, sometimes we need some reminders along the way, and that's what I hope wearing this necklace will do for me. Is it some magical amulet that will make me come alive? Not at all. But it is symbolic, and I am hoping that it will be helpful. Maybe, on days when it is easy to forget to be alive, those days where everything seems to be going wrong or is in disaray, I will touch it or see it and remember: wake up, don't hit the snooze button. Come Alive.
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