God Says Yes

God Says Yes

From the Rabbi David Lyon

God Says Yes

“Yes” is a powerful word. It enables us to be more than we are, because it gives us permission to try. Sources of permission begin with us, but they also include parents, supervisors, and surrounding cultural norms. But, let’s not forget or underestimate the permission we can receive from the spiritual relationship we enjoy with God. Some might call this relationship being in tune with our subconscious, or our gut-feeling, or a supernatural energy. Call it what you wish, but it still originates in a power above all others that enables us to believe in ourselves as we try to move ahead, no matter what.  

In a poem by Kaylin Haught, she writes about the wonderful power of “Yes” she hears in her beautiful, personal relationship with her God.

“God Says Yes to Me”

I asked God if it was okay to be

melodramatic

and she said yes

I asked her if it was okay

to be short  

and she said it sure is

I asked her if I could wear nail

polish

or not wear nail polish

and she said honey

she calls me that sometimes

she said you can do just exactly

what you want to

Thanks God I said

And is it okay if I don’t

Paragraph my letters

Sweetcakes God said

who knows where she picked

that up

what I’m telling you is

Yes Yes Yes

from The Palm of your Hand, 1995
Tilbury House Publishers

This week, what will you do with “Yes”? What will God, as you imagine God, say to you as you seek your way along life’s path? Let this week be a unique time to seize on Yes, as you discover God’s gifts to you.  


Rabbi David A. Lyon is Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel in Houston, TX. Rabbi Lyon serves on the Board of Trustees of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and chairs its professional development committee. He is the author of God of Me: Imagining God Throughout Your Lifetime (Jewish Lights, 2011) available on Amazon.com. He can be heard on “iHeart-Radio” KODA 99.1 FM every Sunday at 6:45am CST. Listeners around the greater Houston area, and now the internet, tune in to hear his words about life and its meaning from a Jewish point-of-view. Each radio program is available as a Podcast, called “Heart to Heart with Rabbi David Lyon”. Click here to listen online, or download the iHeartRadio app. 

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