Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Lamps Within

This is a new meditation for Hanukkah about bringing the light we carry inside of ourselves into the world and lighting the lamps of awe and wonder in our children.

Hanukkah Menorah 2Lamps Within
Listen, dear ones,
A lamp glows inside your heart,
With eight ways to light it,
Eight ways to keep it shining,
Eight ways to keep its glow.

Light it with your joy.
Light it with your tears.
Light it with this song.
Light it with the works of your hands.
Light it with hope.
Light it with service.
Light it with this prayer.
Light it with praise to G-d’s Holy Name.

Bring the lamp of your soul out into the street
So that all who have forgotten
The miracles around us
Will remember the beauty within,
So that all who have forgotten
The miracles of old
Will remember to rejoice.

Exalt, dear ones,
A lamp glows inside your children.
Light it.
Keep it shining.
Watch it glow.

Light it with your joy.
Light it with your tears.
Light it with song.
Light it with the works of your hands.
Light it with hope.
Light it with service.
Light it with prayer.
Light it with praise to G-d’s Holy Name.

© 2012 Alden Solovy and http://www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: Here’s a link to another Hanukkah meditation, “The Season of Dedication.”

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