All Returns to Prayer

437px-CandleHere’s another meditation on prayer. It’s a prayer to help me to remember why I pray and how we pray: bowing, seeing, blessing, yearning, welcoming, summoning. And, no matter where we begin, each of these actions becomes a prayer. My other prayers about prayer include: “Prayer Released,” “Prayers of My Heart,” “Whispered Prayer,” “To Pray” and “Prayer for You, Prayer for Me.”

All Returns to Prayer
To pray is to bow
With my heart
In the direction of holiness.

To bow is to see
With my soul
Beauty and splendor.

To see is to bless
With my spirit
The glory of creation.

To bless is to yearn
With my breath
For the wisdom of the ages.

To yearn is to welcome
With my being
The hopes of tomorrow.

To welcome is to summon
With my sight
Awe and righteousness.

To summon is to pray
With my strength
For light to descend from heaven
And for peace to reign on earth.

© 2014 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: “Whispered Prayer” appears in my book Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.

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