“L’chaim! To Life!” It’s a Hebrew expression familiar to many of us, thanks to the popular play, Fiddler on the Roof. The word chai, means life, and the Hebrew letter, Chet, is associated with life, health and vitality.
This week in worship, we see Jesus demonstrating for us what it means to be a human fully alive – he reflects the life-giving nature of our creator as he teaches and heals, bringing justice and calling people into the fullness of who they are created to be. People are drawn to him, and one asks, “What is the secret to eternal life? How to I obtain it?” Jesus responds that the law leads to life, and tells the man he is to love his neighbor as himself, which prompts the man to ask, “Who is my neighbor?”
This week in worship, the children lead us into lent, retelling the story of the Good Samaritan, and inviting us to love one another, the key to life.
Meditate on the things that give you life this week as you consider the letter of life, chet.