Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Anger

Self discipline signsWhat if anger could be redirected toward positive purpose, could we turn it into a blessing? Perhaps, only if it is channeled, disciplined and used for good. This prayer is about finding the blessing in anger and is from a series about difficult emotions, including “Doubt,” “Fear” and “Shame.” To listen while you read, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.

Anger
G-d of the inner journey,
Source of strength,
I’ve been assaulted by an unseen foe
And comforted by a steadfast friend,
Cut down in the name of love,
Lost in confusion and dismay,
Blinded by a wave of rage
And soothed by gentle breathing.
I live between moments of desperate anger
And days of boundless joy,
Between a heart of war
And a soul of peace.

Anger is a defense.
Anger is power.
Anger is intensity.

Holy One,
G-d whose gifts challenge my understanding,
Open my eyes to injustice
And let my anger become a source of energy
Channeled toward building and healing.
Let anger be a gateway to tikun olam
So I become a force for holiness and love.

Blessed are You, Source of Wisdom,
Who created anger to illuminate the path to justice.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: See also “Doubt,” “Fear” and “Shame.” Click here to read more about the Jewish concept of repairing the world, tikkun olam, which is mentioned in this prayer.

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