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My Heart is Filled with Joy

By: Dayna Gladstein

 

Recently I made one of the best decisions in my life- I joined Temple Emanu-El! I have been welcomed

with such enthusiasm and interest that I know I have found my home.

Due to a devastating and protracted illness, my husband and I quietly slipped into isolation from life. You

don't want to burden anyone with your problems. People don't know how bad it is and maybe that is the

way it's supposed to be. You become completely absorbed with tests and medications and the expense

of it, and then there's the loss of connections and career and purpose and all of a sudden you are no

longer a contributor. You can offer no contribution to the world except to pray. You quietly slip into the

background and become isolated by what you need to do to survive. I was very lucky to have recovered

after many, many attempts to find help. It was a long and painful road but it lead me to Temple Emanu-El

and for that my heart is filled with joy. My husband and I feel blessed to be part of such a special

community of caring families and friends. I feel like we will never have to be alone again and we have

been inspired to make it our business to be there for others in need. Life is truly a journey filled with a lot

of challenges. But with each of life's challenges there is an opportunity. I am thankful for the journey that

lead me to my spiritual home. I am thankful for the wonderful people that we have met and that I am able

to contribute to the mission of a helping spiritual community. Thank you for welcoming us and making

such a special place.

Sun, December 16 2018 8 Tevet 5779