Compassion gains an element of nobility when developed into a spiritual practice. This prayer is about the act of living a reverent, compassionate and noble life. It’s from a set of prayers that includes: “Life as a Ceremony,” “Life as a Banquet” and “Life as a Garden.” They call for introspection as the path to seeing life as a glorious gift. All of these prayers will appear in my forthcoming book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing. To listen while you read, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.
Life as a Symphony
G-d of ancient secrets,
Source of life,
Creator of beauty,
Divine light of sacred truth,
My strength has its limits,
My power its purpose,
The energy of life flowing from a secret well beyond my reach
And beyond my imagination.
What I find and what finds me are a mystery and a miracle.
Heavenly hand of radiance and hope,
Author of all being,
Grant me the wisdom and understanding to live my life as a symphony,
A river of majestic music that blesses and sustains life
With holiness and love,
That I repay with kindness and charity.
Give me the passion and the patience to hear the rhythms of Your glorious creation.
You who bring beauty and song,
Guide me with Your power,
Teach me with Your kindness,
Show me the reverence for Your secret truths,
So that I live a life of joy and celebration,
With gratitude for Your creation.
Blessed are You, G-d of salvation and splendor,
Creation sings Your praise.
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