Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

This Man

This Man PosterIn my observation and judgment, many men have a common experience of not feeling good enough or worthy enough for the blessings we receive. I, too, have spent much of my life not feeling worthy. This is a prayer/poem for men about “being enough” and is part of a series of prayers for men including “My Work Remains,” “For the Lost” and “My Heart Knows What It Needs.” To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.

This Man
These hands are enough.
Enough to hold,
Enough to heal,
To fix, to plant, to tend.
These hands are enough.

These arms are enough.
Enough to embrace,
Enough to carry,
To lift, to dig, to work.
These arms are enough.

These eyes are enough.
Enough to see,
Enough to guide,
To smile, to laugh, to cry.
These eyes are enough.

This heart is enough.
Enough to love,
Enough to care,
To hope, to yearn, to break.
This heart is enough.

This man is enough.
Enough to heal,
Enough to honor,
To respect, to challenge, to live.
This man is enough.

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

Postscript: Check out these prayers for men: “My Work Remains,” “For the Lost” and “My Heart Knows What It Needs,” as well as a list of other prayers for and about men.

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Photo Source: Photo is © Gregory Tapler Photograpy; poster designed by Boysen Hodgson for MKP

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4 Responses to “This Man”

  1. Leslie

    Wow. Very very nice, Alden. Shabbat Shalom (here in Maine).

    Reply

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