Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’olam shehecheyanu v’kiyimanu v’higyanu lazman hazeh.
Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season.
It’s spring! And right on time, the first buds are appearing on the trees. Even though it was an unusually mild winter, there’s still something wonderful about the official start of spring with the promise of new life and vibrant color.
The Shehecheyanu prayer acknowledges the newness with gratitude. And it’s not just for marking new seasons in the calendar year, it’s said at each new or rare experience, at the beginning of annual holidays, and to celebrate special occasions.
I love that it marks the moment of transition with gratitude for making it this far and for the opportunity to step forward into something new. And because I have been kept not only alive, but fully sustained and enabled, there’s the implication that I’m ready.