For the Gift of Song

Creativity. What an amazing set of gifts! Song, dance, music, art. Writing. Humor. This is part of a series of prayers celebrating creativity, including dance, music and art. Each of these prayers has a common framework:

  • Thanks to G-d for the beauty of that gift: “G-d, we give thanks for the gift of… ”
  • Recognition of those who’ve been given that particular gift: “Hear this prayer for those who…”
  • A petition that the gift be used to bring holiness into the world: “Make their [_____] Your vessel…”
  • A petition that, in receiving this gift from G-d through the artist, we’ll be reminded to use our own lives to bring beauty and holiness into the world: “So that when we…”

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For the Gift of Song
G-d, we give thanks for the gift of song,
For the gift of melody and harmony,
For the gift of voices quilted together in chorus,
Lifting praises toward the holy realms.
Hear this prayer for those who chant in Your Name,
Who chant for healing,
Who chant to witness Your love,
Your power,
Your grace.
Make their voices Your vessel.
Let heaven pour joy through them
So that they overflow with Your light,
Drawing others to Your glory.
So that when we hear their song
Our hearts turn back to You in peace.
Together, we offer our prayer back to heaven
And rejoice.

© 2010 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: Be sure to check out the other prayers in this series: “For the Gift of Words,” “For the Gift of Dance,” “For the Gift of Art,” “For the Gift of Music,” “For the Gift of Laughter,” “For the Gift of Torah Scholarship” and “For the Joy of Learning.”

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