Hineini

Hineini2Today’s Word: ‘Hineini’ as in… “Here, I am.”

This is a powerful Hebrew word which is best understood as a way of saying, “I am, here, now, fully present and fully ready to begin! Here, in this place, in this moment is where I am most fully and completely who I am!”

‘Hineini’ is a bold statement that the people of God used in significant moments of wonder, awe, and transition, in moments of fear and apprehension about whatever was coming next.

‘Hineini’ is a powerful word when we’re facing change, when we’re asking what it means to be fully present on the edge of or in the midst of significant transition. When you have no other words to use, you can say “‘Hineini!’ Here, in this moment, I am, I am fully me!”

In those moments when you’re watching the last breath of your loved one rise up into the air around you and all of the air is being sucked out of your lungs from sheer exhaustion, and the combination of both grief and relief and that deep, deep sense of loss collides with an even deeper sense of gratitude, and you have no others words to use, you can say “‘Hineini!’ Here, in this moment, I am, I am fully me!”

In those moments of ambiguity when you don’t know where the future is taking you, and there is mystery on the left and on the right, and you’ve got doubts and apprehensions and pain and weariness and you’ve got fear and loneliness, and inner critics and outer critics, and financial stuff going on and you have no others words to use, you can say “‘Hineini!’ Here, in this moment, I am, I am fully me!”

So go ahead, say it! Say it out loud! After all, here, you are!

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