My heart says to you, seek out my countenance, Your countenance, G-d, I seek.*
As water reflects a face, one heart reflects another.**
The acronym for Elul (Ani l’dodi v’dodo li – I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me) is a reminder that our relationship with G-d is one of reciprocal love – a spiraling back and forth of love and desire between ourselves and our Beloved.
As we enter this particular season of repentance (teshuvah) and spiritual reflection, may we remember that the countenance of G-d in response to our teshuvah is one of loving joy!
* Psalm 27:8
** Proverbs 27:19