The Gift of Beginning Again

When God created us, God gave Adam a secret - and that secret was not how to begin, but how to begin again. In other words, it is not given to us to begin; that privilege is God's alone. But it is given to us to begin again - and we do every time we choose to defy death and side with the living.

- Elie Wiesel, cited by John Ackerman, Spiritual Awakening: A Guide to Spiritual Life in Congregations (Alban Institute, 1994), p. 67.