Can shame be a blessing? Can shame be blessed? This prayer is part of a series of prayers about difficult emotions, including “Doubt,” “Fear” and “Anger.” Listen while you read by clicking on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.
G-d of my heart,
Source of my spirit,
I’ve been swallowed by a dirge
And elevated by songs of celebration.
I’ve judged myself harshly
And given myself grace.
I’ve climbed to see the glorious sunset
And have laid low, shivering against a pounding storm.
I live between moments of joyous surrender
And times of lonely isolation,
Between calm and storm,
Between shame and wonder.
Shame is a mirror.
Shame is a doorway.
Shame is a guide.
G-d of mysteries beyond my understanding,
Help me to see my shames as teachers and guides,
As reminders of my sacred humanity,
Leading me to a vision of my best self.
Let shame be the gateway to truth
So that I may release it without fear,
In awe and righteousness.
Blessed are You, Redeemer of the lost,
Who created shame so that we might discover the path to wisdom.
© 2010 Alden Solovy and http://www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.
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~ by tobendlight on October 18, 2010.