Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

On the Trail

GC Solovy 2009On every trail, on every adventure, there’s a moment truth, a moment that tests my skills, my resolve and my dedication to the journey. This prayer includes a reminder that there are wonderful secrets waiting along the way, secrets that cannot be found anywhere else. I use this prayer for the 25th day of the counting of the Omer. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.


On the Trail

G-d of beginnings,
G-d of mystery and adventure,
The path is steep,
The route is hidden,
The trail a narrow ridge line,
Exposed and treacherous,
Slicing between majestic canyons,
Rising to the awesome sky.
The load is heavy, the destination unknown,
But the journey has rhythm and dance,
Song and story,
Ancient music that rises around us,
To take us from sunset to sunset
As we move into the glorious unknown
Step by step,
Moment by moment,
Day by day by day.

G-d of the wayfarer,
G-d of the traveler and sojourner,
Divine light of wonder and truth,
Lead us.
Show us the way
Across vast open spaces
And through tight, narrow passages.
Guide us.
Show us the way
Through stormy days
And moonless nights.

Blessed are You, Source and Shelter,
Guide and Compass, Oasis of Strength,
You lead Your people from trail to trail,
From trial to trial,
From darkness to light,
With love.

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

Postscript: My other traveler’s prayers include: “On the Road,” “For Travel” and “Being Lost.”

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5 Responses to “On the Trail”

  1. Joe Tye

    This one is my favorite! Reminds me of the time your headlamp guided me back to the campsite in the middle of a Grand Canyon night.

    Joe

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    • tobendlight

      Ridges and canyons at night…That was a long day’s journey into darkness for you, Joe. Glad I could help shine a light on the trail, but you did the heavey duty work of getting water for the team.

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    • tobendlight

      I continue to think about the metaphors for living from that night. Someone to walk the trail and carry water, someone to be the beacon of hope and home and the power of the stories that we tell ourselves. Joe, you are a blessing.

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  2. Ed

    Alden, What a beautiful poem. You are truly gifted. Thanks for sharing.

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