An
Old
Jewish
Legend

Awaken -Artist: Keith English

Spacer In the beginning - before the beginning - God's light filled the entire universe...






Spacer When God decided to create the world, He had to withdraw some of His light from the universe, so that there would be space for the land and the seas, the trees and the corn stalks, the butterflies and the lions, the ladybugs and the sea otters.
Spacer So God breathed in some of the Divine light, so that there would be room for all the things He wanted to create.
Spacer But what was God to do with the light - with the light of His Being that had filled the whole universe - now that He had breathed it in?
Spacer God put the light into jars, heavenly vessels that would hold His radiance.
Spacer And then God began to create: the sky and the earth, the dry lands and the waters, the fiery sun, the shimmering moon and the twinkling stars, the forests and the deserts, the creepy crawly things and the birds of the air, the fish of the seas and the animals roaming from here to there.
Spacer Everything was going so well. Creation was shaping up just perfectly. God was having a wonderful time!
Spacer But in the heavens, there was trouble.
Spacer God's light, which He had put into the vessels, could not be hidden away. For no vessel - not even a heavenly vessel - could contain the radiant light of God. The glory of God's splendor was accustomed to filling the universe, not being hidden away in little jars.
Spacer So it wasn't too long until - with a blazing flash - God's light burst out of the heavenly vessels.
Spacer The force of the mighty impact caused the jars to shatter into millions of little pieces.
Spacer And the light itself splintered into billions of little sparks.
Spacer The broken pieces of the vessels fell to the newly formed earth and became the ills and the evils that beset the world -little pieces of anguish and travail that, one day, will have to be collected, repaired, and made whole again.
Spacer And what happened to the billions of little shards of light?
Spacer Each of the little shards of light, the sparks of God, became the soul of a human being.


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(Source Unknown)