Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

About the Heavens

Helix NebulaThis is a brief meditation from a series of prayer/poems written in one of the many voices of the spiritual traveler. This is the voice of the one who has a question that doesn’t need an answer. We marvel at G-d’s gifts and wonder about the unknowable. The series includes: “About the Rainbow” and “About Shabbat.”

About the Heavens
Majestic Sovereign,
Artist of creation,
Why did You put the stars
Beyond our grasp?
Was it Your desire
To keep us searching the heavens
For luminous spirals,
Shimmering clouds,
Rings of glorious light?
Was this Your plan,
To summon us
To reach across the vastness
With hope and desire?
Or perhaps
Once You created the canvass of sky,
Once You took out Your watercolors,
Your oils,
Your charcoals,
Your pencils,
Your palette,
You couldn’t resist
The urge
To paint.

© 2010 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

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3 Responses to “About the Heavens”

  1. ellen

    what i love about this prayer, alden, is that you get playful at the end… there’s a childlike quality that the others lack. it’s almost like your sense of wonder finds expression in a more playful way here. it’s not more reverential or filled with awe, but the way you engage God has a different kind of delight; a different voice.
    i’m curious what needs get met for you by posting such personal prayers… i’m so private it’s hard for me to imagine wanting this kind of exposure. difference always ignites my curiosity.

    • tobendlight

      This website is part of my personal mission of service: to bring holiness into the world through prayer. I write them. I share them. These prayers are not mine to keep to myself. I believe that they’re gifts to be shared.


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