Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Another Year: An Introspection

20120327-kryptomorphaics-introspection-2_mg_3874For the New Year: a meditation on the passage and the use of time. Have I spent this time wisely? And what have I learned? This prayer will appear in my forthcoming CCAR Press book, This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day. It’s about living with integrity.

Another Year: An Introspection
Another year slips away,
As do they all,
Day by day,
Hour by hour,
Moment by moment.
Many used wisely,
Many wasted.

Another year opens,
As do they all,
With anticipation,
With wonder and amazement,
With excitement.
With consolation.

Was last year so different from the one before?
What will the New Year bring?
What will I bring to the New Year?

This I pledge to myself:
Love is my answer to grief,
Hope is my answer to loss,
Strength is my answer to fear,
Honor is my answer to slander,
Action is my answer to injustice.

This I pledge to you
My sisters and brothers:
To see you as you are,
To respect your journey,
To hear your truth,
To stand with you in dignity,
To walk with you as a companion and friend.

This I pledge to You
G-d of my ancestors:
To seek Your wisdom,
To follow Your command,
To obey Your Law,
To observe Your Sabbath,
To rejoice in Your works,
To do Your will.

G-d of time and space,
Another year slips away,
As do they all.
Another year opens before me,
As they all do:
With one hundred choices,
One thousand possibilities
And one sacred duty.
Life. This life. My life.

© 2010 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: Here’s another prayer “For the New Year” and a meditation called “In This Turning.”

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