“that alone would have been enough, but for that alone we are grateful.”
This is a powerful concept. It is learning to be truly grateful with what God has already given us and not ask Him for more. Many times it seems that our actions tend to contradict this concept. We desire a better job rather than be grateful for the job we have. We desire a bigger house rather than be grateful for the roof over our heads. We desire more money, better cars, a boat, the newest electronics, etc., etc., etc. We all can think of something right now that we desire. We have been trying to communicate to our kids that when they complain about things they are really telling God that what He has already given them is not good enough. Really, buying into our culture and the American Dream tells us that we shouldn’t be content, that we should always be looking to move up the ladder. Consumerism dictates how we live our lives and ultimately who we believe we are as people. The purpose of a commercial is to convince us that our life without the product they are pushing is incomplete, we shouldn’t be happy or content until we have what they are selling. The concept of Dayenu turns this thinking on its head.
In the ninth century, Jewish communities began to sing a song based off of this concept during Passover. Some Jews in Afghanistan and Iran hit each other over the head with onions during one of the stanzas to remind them to not complain like they did here.
Serenity and I have put together our own Song of Dayenu based off of the Jewish style:
May we continually look to God with grateful hearts and learn to be content with everything He has already given us.
If He had given us food on our tables. Dayenu.
If He had given us clothes on our backs. Dayenu.
If He had given us roofs over our heads. Dayenu.
If He had given us today. Dayenu.
If He had given us family. Dayenu.
If He had given us rest. Dayenu .
If He had given us fellowship with each other. Dayenu .
If He had given us the gift of the Holy Spirit. Dayenu .
If He had done what He did through His son Jesus Christ. Dayenu .
For all these things – alone and together – we say Dayenu.