Because tonight at around 3:15 a.m. while I was watching "Sports Night" on DVD, I saw a mama racooon and her half-dozen babies walk through a small pond in our backyard looking for food.
Because last week a mama bird left her two babies in our backyard and we watched them learn to fly.
Because I have a son to raise and he's planning to sing this blessing to me Saturday morning when he first sees me after surgery.
Meanwhile, if you're someone who prays -- through music, words, watching the sunrise -- here's one for anyone who is sick, broken, in need of healing. In other words: for all of us.
Mi she berach avoteinu
M'kor hab'racha l'imoteinu
May the source of strength,
Who blessed the ones before us
Help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing
And let us say: Amen.
Mi she berach imoteinu
M'kor hab'racha l'avoteinu
Bless those in need of healing with r'fuah sh'leima
The renewal of body, the renewal of spirit,
And let us say: Amen