Wednesday, 22 October 2008

This Too Shall Pass - גם זה יעבור‎

In Hebrew folklore, there is a story that tells of King Solomon's search for the cure for depression.

The wisest man that ever lived was at a loss when it came to handling the moods of intense sadness that assuaged him from time to time. Therefore, he called all his advisers and instructed them to think of a solution to his problem.

After months of deep meditation, they came up with an idea.

"Great King, make for yourself a ring inscribed with the following: 'this too shall pass'. Wear it always".

Solomon did what they advised and everytime he felt his mood start to change for the worse he would look upon that inscription and his mood would lift.

As this story is not recorded in the bible, I do not know whether it occurred or not.

However, real or imagined, it resonates across the millenia to me.

In my dark hours, I hold on to the irrefutable truth in the story.
I have to.

גם זה יעבור‎ - (gam zeh ya'avor)

In the middle of the turbulence surrounding you
These trying times that are so hard to endure
In the middle of what seems to be your darkest hour
Hold fast your heart and be assured:
This too shall pass
Like every night that's come before it
He'll never give you more than you can bear
This too shall pass
So in this thought be comforted
It's in His Hands
This too shall pass

- Yolonda Adams

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