A Dayenu for Colette

Dayenu

Dayenu: It would have been sufficient

 

{{Pulled from the pages of my personal journal. This piece was almost completely written as I sat next to my daughter’s hospital bed as she fought for her life in April 2013.}}

 

As she lay in her hospital bed, together we watch the breathtaking animated retelling of a powerful Bible story – the Prince of Egypt. I watch as her eyes become captivated by the miraculous wonder and love of God that is found in this piece of history. She connects with this story. She understands the trials, her body feels the pain, her lips remember the salty residue of tears shed.

 

The movie’s theme song begins to crescendo and a revelation takes place.

“There can be miracles – when you believe

Though hope is frail – it’s hard to kill.”

 

This week my young daughter has taught me a lesson that I will surely carry to the end of my life. Her eyes and heart seem to sing with enduring strength and courage. There is no use of lofty words or reason here, rather, the use of one fairly simple word; a four-letter word that encompasses action and rest in a beautiful syncopated dance. A word that simultaneously moves mountains and anchors ships with no harbor.

 

~~H O P E~~

 

 

As I sit in this hospital room watching my baby girl fight for freedom, I am reminded of the ‘Dayenu’ in the Passover Haggadah and its beautiful reflection on God’s goodness and provision during a time of suffering and bondage. ‘Dayenu’ – a word meaning “it would have been enough for us” or “it would have been sufficient” captures me with gratitude and anchors me once again to … HOPE.

 

Therefore this I write, a personal Dayenu, as a standing stone of God’s great love and miraculous power during Colette’s personal exodus from the bondage of her pain and sickness.

 

Dayenu: for Princess Colette

 

– If He had formed her with His strong hands and very own breath

and never named her ‘Victorious’.

Dayenu: it would have been sufficient!

 

– If He had named her ‘Victorious in Battle’

and never shattered the chains that bound her.

Dayenu: it would have been sufficient!

 

– If He had shattered the chains that bound her to this earth

and never healed her in the garden

Dayenu: it would have been sufficient!

 

– If He had healed her agony in the garden of Gethsemane

and never opened her spiritual eyes

Dayenu: it would have been sufficient!

 

– If He had opened her eyes to see into the heavens

and never sent angels to protect her

Dayenu: it would have been sufficient!

 

– If He had sent warring angels to protect her from death

and never comforted her pain

Dayenu: it would have been sufficient!

 

– If He had comforted her pain with His love

and never listened to the prayers from around the world

Dayenu: it would have been sufficient!

 

– If He had listened to the commissioned prayers from around the world

and never led her into battle surrounded by worship

Dayenu: it would have been sufficient!

 

– If He had marched her into battle with the singing voices of strangers

and never made her veins strong enough to hold an IV

Dayenu: it would have been sufficient!

 

– If He had protected her veins after 14 IVs

and never taught her to sing

Dayenu: it would have been sufficient!

 

– If He had taught her to sing heavenly songs of praise

and never met her in the dark hours of night

Dayenu: it would have been sufficient!

 

– If He had met her in the dark hours of night at the hospital

and never taught her to dance.

Dayenu: it would have been sufficient!

 

– If He had taught her to touch the kingdom of Heaven through dance

and never taught her how to hear His sweet voice

Dayenu: it would have been sufficient!

 

– If He had taught her how to hear His voice and to love His Word

and never miraculously healed her…

…Dayenu: it would have been more than sufficient!

 

~Selah~

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