Adon HaSelichot.

Why does God forgive us? Why does He invest His love in us, at the cost of all this rebellion and apathy? Even if we can’t understand, forgiveness is a promise and an invitation that we can’t refuse.

It’s possible to hold back out of pride, even an attempt of humility, or fear about God’s reality, goodness, or promise. Whatever the reasons, unless we experience the impact of forgiveness and the holiness it pours into, we can’t turn to our creator and know His love as the centre of our lives. We will only find silence.

The simplicity and magnitude of this Sefardi prayer make it challenging to hear. It’s also beautiful. I hope that this prayer can sink into our hearts and be reflected in us every day of our lives.

Ruler of forgiveness
who examines our hearts,
revealer of depths,
speaker of justice,
we have sinned before you; have mercy upon us.

Majestic with wonders
from times of old, comforting us.
Remembering the covenant with our ancestors,
weighing our insides.
We have sinned before you; have mercy upon us.

Good and beneficent to His creations,
knower of all that is hidden,
conquering sin,
clothed in righteousness.
We have sinned before you; have mercy upon us.

Filled with giving merit,
raised with praises,
forgiving for those filled with sin,
answering when we call.
We have sinned before you; have mercy upon us.

Actualising salvation,
seeing into the future,
calling upon the generations.
Riding upon the heavens,
hearing our prayer.
Perfect in words.
We have sinned before you; have mercy upon us.

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