A Shabbat Prayer

WHERE HAS this week vanished?

Is it lost for ever?

Will I ever recover anything from it?

The joy of life, the unexpected victory,

the realized hope, the task accomplished?

Will I ever be able to banish the memory of pain,

the sting of defeat, the heaviness of boredom?

On this day let me keep for a while what must drift away.

On this day let me be free of the burdens that must return.

On this day, Shabbat, abide.

 

Help me to withdraw for a while

from the flight of time.

Contain the retreat of the hours and days

from the grasp of frantic life.

 

Let me learn to pause, if only for this day.

Let me find peace on this day.

Let me enter into a quiet world this day.

On this day, Shabbat, abide.

 

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Prayer from Mishkan T’filah: Shabbat, a Reform Siddur, edited by Elyse Frishman, pages 7 & 135.  We used this prayerbook at a the Reform service at the Temple in Atlanta last Friday night, and this particular prayer struck me powerfully.

Let me keep for a while what must drift away.
Let me be free of the burdens that must return.

May all of us experience peace in the midst of busyness, of silence in the midst of noise, of break in the midst of perceived overwhelming work.

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