This prayer is about looking for the smallest moments of beauty and compassion in my day. When I seek compassion, my soul bonds with the idea that it is an essential human quality, an essential human behavior. The prayer was written, in part, as an antidote to another of my prayers, a powerful and challenging piece called “Witnessing: A Meditation.” To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.
Have you seen the secret nod of understanding between old friends?
Or the first wobbly steps of a child?
Have you heard an old man sigh as he sits down in a chair?
Have you captured, from the corner of your eye,
An act of gentle sweetness,
A fleeting gesture nearly missed as you rushed by?
Listen and hear.
Look and see.
Touch and feel.
Breath and smell.
Taste and remember.
Do you recall the radiance of sunrise?
Or the brilliance of the full moon?
Do you savor the small moments
Of joy and wonder bursting forth around you?
Do you notice the gifts of friendship, kindness and love?
If you do, bless you.
If you don’t, these blessings await you.
Blessed are You, Adonai our G-d,
Source of daily splendor,
You gave us vision and understanding
So that we can witness and celebrate
Acts of generous spirit,
Expressions of compassion and healing,
The tiniest gestures of holiness and love.
Open our hearts to the precious glories of our days.
Blessed are You, Holy One of Old,
© 2011 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.
Postscript: Please take a moment to read “Witnessing: A Meditation” and compare it to this prayer. Which one resonates more for you? Which one are you more likely to use in your own prayer?
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