Prayer by Leah Schweitzer


empty us     empty us
of unnecessary fear and hesitation

help us face obstacles,
that may, in the fullness of time
reveal themselves as blessings

empty us
of those clever arguments
those cunning defenses
we think we need
whenever we try
to mask our weaknesses and limitations

empty us
of opinion and judgment
about other people’s business

remind us
that whenever we stray
all we need to do is return

remind us to be mindful
of the courage it sometimes takes
to reach for the highest in us

bless us
with loving family
and caring friends

guide us to tefilah     tzedakah     t’shuvah

take us high     take us deep

keep us thankful

Leah Schweitzer
wishing you and yours a year of health, peace and fulfillment--
Leah and Norm

Sonnet/Prayer by Esther Cameron

Tomorrow -- day of judgment and creation!
Our lives and the world’s life are on the scale.
We shall approach and wait with trepidation
To learn if good or – better -- will prevail.
And You – You wait for us to crown You King,
To hearken, each within their little sphere,
To Your instruction, till Your pathways bring
Us all together, and Your plan appear.
Send us your strength, that we may send You ours
To make Your inward goodness manifest
In shape that can face down the outward powers
That storm this world, our faith and will to test,
Even as we see You through the screen, and hear
Your voice above all noise of lesser fear.
                                                            Esther Cameron

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