Monday, March 27, 2006


I got up early one morning
and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish,
I didn't have time to pray.

Problems just tumbled about me
and heavier grew each task;
Why doesn't God help me, I wondered;
He answered, "You didn't ask."

I wanted to see joy and beauty,
but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn't show me -
He said, "But you didn't seek."

I tried to come into God's presence;
I used all my keys at the lock;
God gently and lovingly chided,
"My child, you didn't knock."

I woke up early this morning
and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I had to take time to pray.

By Grace L. Naessens

I have lately been reminded of this piece, hanging on a plaque in my home.


Pragmatician said...

It's quite nice actually.

the sabra said...

the pragmatician approves. (sigh of relief)

Chasidishe Shaigitz said...

Nice! Very nice!

Great poem with a very good moral/point.

the sabra said...

o and so does the shaigitz, eh?

ya sorry for the cynicism. its not really me today at the computer. or maybe its just the outter layer of the sabra, actin all prickly.

wandering said...

so does wandering. actually to be honest this poem never really struck a chord with me- too cheesy and it works out too perfect in the end if you knwo what i mean. like we don't daven because its gonna make it work out better for us- and sometimes it seems that it doesnt work out better. otherwise it wouldnt be a challenge.

Scraps said...

Sometimes we don't talk to G-d...and sometimes we don't listen when He is trying to talk to us. We need to open our mouths to speak to Him, and our hearts to listen.

JB said...

Oooooo does that bring back memoriesss... Thanks :)

wandering said...

is there no internet in england? or are you just too busy taking care of the kids? waiting to hear from you...

the sabra said...

blog=blog talk
phone=life talk

get it wandering?

and no, england doesn't have internet. they are too flippin sloooooooooooooooooow (yknow how long it took me to write that word just now??)

and now, for the blog comments-wandering, what do u mean it worked out too perfectly? doesnt say nowhere that the problems got solved. as for the rest of ur comment, no energy to write back.
scraps, didn't quite get the connection, but hey as long as you did!
jb, im happy if ur happy. i dont know who ur sayin thanks to, so lets all just say a grand 'u are very welcome' together now.

Nemo said...

Wait, so the Sabra is doing a Yerida? After that impassioned post the other day?

the sabra said...

gutten himmel! this blog is not about my personal life! if i want to comment then i can, but YOU and every other reader is NOT ALLOWED. heivantem?? and no, the sabra is not making no yeridah! and did you not read the intro to my aliyah essay-how its not a part of me anymore? and gosh st im gonna bash you for making me post this. or just force some biscuits down your throat (and you know EXACTLY which kind)

moderator is considering deleting this post.

mussia said...

hey chava
this was a great reminder
btw i check ur blog every so often... i know u dont hear from me often but im hangin in
am yisrael chayale

wandering said...

not the biscuits... anything but the biscuits!!! sorry for bringing up 'phone talk' in the middle of all the 'blog talk'. my sincerest apoligies. I won't even say how excited I am too be seeing you so soon...

Tomboy said...

Pretty, I likes.
I dig your blog on the overall.

skanch said...

"seeing you soon"?? when you coming in?? maybe for someone's lchaim...? (june 30th iyh just btw)I feel like we've traded places - so weird to be back here. goodluck with everything and email me!!

FrumGirl said...

Famous poem... its nice to be reminded of it from time to time... thanks!

Nemo said...

hehe... I just figured out where your blog name comes from... Idan Raichel! How do you pronounce that anyways?

the sabra said...

lol ee-DAHN ray-CHEL (but the dahn is kinda like duhn..make sure u use the correct israelikeit)

hi tomboy. im happy and flattered. hope i don't scare you away. actually, what do i care?

wandering and skanch, do i need to SHECHT you?? (chas!) nu dai! nimas li kvar!! (but yes i am so bloody excited to see you and yes i am sad but resigned that i wont be seeing you) o and am yisroel chayale, sababa that you are hanging in. i just dont know where or what exactly, but no matter :)