Encounters with God

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:44am -- Clergy

In this week’s Torah portion, Moses gives us the recipe to having one of these “Divine Encounters.” All it takes is a one-on-one conversation with God, on the top of Mt. Sinai, forty days and nights with no food and water, and you too will be filled with “Or” the light of God!

Okay, maybe it isn’t so easy to get there, but perhaps there are some tidbits from the Torah portion that will help us understand the ingredients to being filled with God’s light as well.

“So Moses came down from Mount Sinai. And as Moses came down from the

mountain, with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not

know that the skin of his face was radiant, since he had spoken with God.”

Aaron and all the Children of Israel saw that the skin of Moses’ face was

radiant, and they were scared to come near him. (Exodus 34:29-30). As you

can see Moses didn’t even know that he had a divine encounter, everyone

else could see it from his glowing light, but he was unaware.

How are we to know if we have a Divine encounter if even Moses couldn’t

feel the light shining from his face? Perhaps Moses is telling us that a Divine

encounter can be felt in that moment or not necessarily for years to come.

When my now husband, Ross, opened the door for me on the first day I

came to work at KI, I could have never known that I was having a Divine

encounter with the love of my life. But as I come through that door from

time to time, I light up thinking that he was standing there, opening the


Oftentimes, an encounter with God may not even register in this

generation. This week, as I was thinking about our Century Club members

(those congregants whose families have been with KI for 100 years plus), I

realized that commitment can resonate through generations. It may be that

as we honor families on Friday, May 5, that those families may feel the

Divine Encounter as we join together in worship and call them onto

the Bimah to be honored.

Your Divine encounters are stacked energy inside of you and inside of

places. If you don’t always “light up” when you think you should, or can’t find

the joy at the times you wish you could, do not despair. Just note that, the

Divine light is inside you always, and be open to what might spark that light

at any time, place or moment.

This Shabbat, let the light that Moses brought down from Sinai illuminate our

lives with renewed commitment, determination, and optimism. Moments will

come to us all, whether we are aware of them or not, or how they may

impact us. Stay strong, stay focused and let the light of the Divine Presence

lead us to brighter places.