Prayer for Elul (August-September)
Waters of Humility

 

Imagine sitting in a wild place...
    on a hillside overlooking glaciers... or in the sand beside the ocean... 
       Remember that feeling of being one small creature in a large and ancient universe.
         From this place your soul calls upon the name of God 
            HaTzur, your Rock, your Mooring...

 

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 HaTzur...give me the strength
   to hand myself to You...
     to rest in Your arms....

 Help me remember
    that I can't shape it all...
 that there comes a time when I need let go of all I hold onto...
    to make room for new possibilities.

 

 


Let humility well up like a stream and fill my soul...
   may I listen to its music...

 

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HaTzur
, grace me with the courage
   to yield to You...
      to recline beneath Your wings.

 Wipe away
    having to have the answers...
     that room may be made
        for new ways of being.

 

Let humility well up like a stream that I might drink from it...
  Gift me tranquility that I might rise up re-centered.

HaTzur, grace me with the wisdom to learn...
   to be still in Your Presence.
     Help me unfurl my clenched hand...that we might walk together...

And, let humility well up like a stream...

Help me turn...
  and return...

 

Photography Credits

Both photographs: Leonid Rozenfeld