Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Come, Rain

Kinneret Hike for HopeThis meditation is on the blessing of rain, which Torah says is a reward for our love of G-d. I wrote it sleepless in a one-man tent during a nighttime rainstorm at a campground overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Although the Galilee now is lush due to the rainy season, the Sea is low and rain is a blessing. I wrote the meditation on the second night of a charity hike supporting Tsad Kadima, a wonderful organization that provides education and other services for kids and adults with cerebral palsy. To listen while you read, click the triangle in the bar below.

 

Come, Rain
Come, rain,
Pour forth
Upon this barren land,
Upon this barren heart.
The earth is dry,
My chest is withered
And love has fled
For more fertile ground.

Come, rain,
Pour forth
With abandon,
Fill the air with moisture,
Feed the ground with promise,
Let living water
Soak through me,
A gift of heaven,
A gift of holiness,
A fountain of glory,
A well of healing,
A source of power,
Pounding through my thirsty veins.

© 2017 CCAR Press from This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day

Postscript: Please consider donating to my Tsad Kadima “Hike for Hope” with this link. It’s a great organization. My other prayers about rain include “For Rain,” “The Flood” and “About the Rainbow.”

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Photo Source: Alden Solovy; view of the Kinneret from our campground, March 11, 2015

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