A person who has mastered the quality of serenity (menuchah)
and has true peace of mind, will feel inner peace and intense joy
when going through any life-test. He does not even label the
situation ‘a test.’ Rather, he calls it ‘living.’
He utilizes all of his strength and power in any difficult situation.
His trust in the Almighty is manifest on a practical level, and this
is the goal of his life.
Even though the life-test might persist for a long time (or new
ones may arise), he still does not perceive the situation as a
burden or misfortune. On the contrary, in such situations his
spirit of life becomes aroused because he derives pleasure from
being able to rise above his instincts.
Rabbi Yosef Hurwitz of Nevardok – Madraigos Haadam; Rabbi
Pliskin’s “Consulting the Wise”
My prayer for bride and groom
May your relationship be one that cultivates menuchah
To face the realities of life, from the day to day,
apparently silly disappointments and frustrations,
to illness and death,
to thunderstorms and sunshine,
to seek truth by rallying every pore
of both of your beings
on your unending journeys
to discover what your truth is.
To live with fierce integrity,
for the journey
at times, of painful self-discovery.
To learn deeply,
that being right,
or being wrong,
means nothing whatsoever
to G-d ,
and even less,
to the universe.
For you both
to rally the strength,
to unwrap hidden gifts of joy
in every moment,
where there has been darkness.
For you both to serve humanity
with every fiber and every pore of your being,
in every opportunity that G-d presents to you,
to serve other human beings,
with loving kindness
in meaningful ways.
And I pray,
for you both
to feel the presence of G-d
in each and every moment.
And for the times you lose His presence,
to make the journey to find him, again,
For your family
as yet unborn,
to grow with loving kindness,
and grow strong
in the loving presence
For each and every moment
you are blessed with His presence.
May He grant you the strength
to live your lives through Menuchah,
in every precious moment
that He has given you,
May G-d bless you both.