This prayer was not explicitly written either for Counting the Omer or for Yom Kippur. It fits both. The suggetion here, love ourselves enough to live disciplined lives, ties to day 8 of the omer, “lovingkindness in discipline.” The Yom Kippur connection may be more obvious. The voice of classic piyyutim for repentance echo in the second stanza. To listen while you read, click on the triangle in the bar below.
For Wonder and Awe
My body is Yours, Oh my G-d,
My limbs Your tools, my heart Your dwelling.
Open my heart to receive Your gifts,
Wonder and awe,
Grace and majesty,
Full yet humble,
A symphony of song and delight.
As for me,
I have chased dust in vain pursuit,
Pursued shadows in selfish desire,
Grasped for wind instead of seeking You,
My Holy Shelter.
My body is Yours, O my G-d,
My life abundant,
My moments bursting with love.
Give me new wisdom,
To live by Your word,
To honor Your Holy Name,
So that Your gifts to me
Return to You as blessings.
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Postscript: My other prayers of wonder include: “About the Rainbow,” “About the Heavens,” “Come Walk” and “Rejoice!” Click here for the full list of prayers for the Yamim Noraim, the High Holy Days, including brief descriptions and links to each.
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