“I have strayed like a lost sheep; seek out Your servant” (Psalms 119:176).
Hashem’s way is to call a person the moment He sees him straying from the path of good sense, asking him to turn back. He calls each person in the way most suited to him. To some, He beckons with a hint. To others, the summons is literally a cry. Some people kick, and He must strike them in order to call them. The Torah is Hashem’s voice, calling and begging those who sin to return to Him.
As long as a person has not strayed too far from the right path, it is easy for him to return, because he still recognizes the voice. This is because only a short time has passed since he was close to G-d and heeded His voice, the voice of the Torah. Similarly, when a sheep strays from the path and the shepherd immediately calls it, as long as the sheep has not yet strayed too far, it still recognizes the shepherd’s voice and immediately responds.
But once the sheep strays far from the path, it forgets the shepherd’s voice and no longer recognizes his call. Similarly, when a person has been going in the wrong direction for a long time, having strayed far from the true path into all those corrupt, devious, and confusing pathways, it is hard for him to repent.
King David prayed: “Search out Your servant, for I have not forgotten Your mitzvos (Psalms 119:176).” “I have strayed like a lost sheep”: I have strayed from the good path like a lost sheep that has strayed from the road. This is why I beg of You: “Seek out Your servant, because I have not forgotten Your commandments.” Hurry and search for me as long as I still remember the voice of the Torah and mitzvos. Take pity on me and search me out quickly, as long as “I have not forgotten Your mitzvos” and still recognize the voice of the call of the Torah and the mitzvos.
Hashem’s greatness is unfathomable; that is why t’shuvah has such power. No matter how far you strayed from the right path, never despair, because you can always return to Hashem. With just a little effort, you can turn even your worst sins into merits and you can easily come back to Hashem. This is because of His unfathomable greatness. Nothing is beyond His power. Just never give up! Keep crying out, praying, and pleading to Hashem at all times.
List of People Who Need a R’fuah Sh’leimah
(Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.)
Esther Hadasah bas Devorah
Yafah bas Monavar
Chaim Avraham ben Shifrah Zisel
Moshe ben Henna
Yosef David ben Sarah Rasha
Yisrael Meir ben Daphna Bruriah
Efrat bas Oshra
Yosef ben Tovah
Yaakov ben Yehudis
Yonasan ben Sofia
Ruth bas Miryam
Elisheva bas Miriam
David Chayim ben Leah
Tzviah bas Sheindel
Tinok ben Moriah T’mimah
Issac ben Dinah
Rabbanit Mazal Tov Rira bas Simchah
Sarah bas Yafah
Meir Peretz ben Chayah Malkah
Chaim Yehudah ben Leah
Chayah Ayalah bas Tali
Leah Nacha bas Esther Bryna
Efrayim ben Leah
Avraham ben Devorah
Sarah bas Leah Malkah
Ruchama Chavah Rachel bas Alta Chayah Esther
Orley Svetlana bas Sarah
Yehudah Yudel ben Miriam Gittel
Zehavah Golda bas Shoshanah
Chaim Raphael ben Batya