In This Turning: A New Year’s Day Meditation

Fireworks-4-897x1024This is a New Year prayer about love. Why? Those of us who are alone yearn for a partner. Those of us in relationships need to nurture them with joy and love. To adapt this prayer for singles or couples, use either “me” or “us,” shown in [brackets]. This prayer appears in my book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.

In This Turning: A New Year’s Day Meditation
Darkness and grace
Mourning and thunder
Light and rejoicing
Daybreak and open sky

Here I surrender
To the chance for love
Your warm breath
Your loving hands
The fire in your eyes
The hope in your heart

What gifts wait in this turning
To you
To myself
This joy
This adventure

What gifts wait in this turning
And this yearning
This new year
This new wonder

Let blessings rain down
Upon [me/us] from heaven
And let hope settle softly
Upon this open heart

Let this be the time to sing
To dance
To play
And to delight in another

© 2012 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: Here’s another prayer “For the New Year” and a meditation called “Another Year: An Introspection.” Please consider purchasing my new book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.

Please check out my ELItalk video, “Falling in Love with Prayer,” and This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day. For reprint permissions and usage guidelines and reprint permissions, see “Share the Prayer!” To receive my latest prayers via email, please subscribe (on the home page). You can also connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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