Prayer Power

a piece I drew inspired by the words of 
יהיו לרצון אמרי פי והגיון לבי לפניך ה׳ צורי וגואלי
"Let the words
of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart be
pleasing before You, G-D my Rock and my redeemer"
a piece I drew inspired by the words of יהיו לרצון אמרי פי והגיון לבי לפניך ה׳ צורי וגואלי "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing before You, G-D my Rock and my redeemer"

Prayer, to me, has always been the most vast and overwhelming form of communication. I see speaking to G!d as talking into the most universal portal. When I speak to G!d, I communicate with myself, my true inner reality. I connect to the people I pray for, tapping to the universal reality—I discuss who I was, who I am and who I will be. I know G!d isn’t bound by time, so I find it elevating to know He is listening to my pleas for redemption while simultaneously celebrating my songs of gratitude.

Prayer articulates our soul’s reach for holiness; it actualizes the connection to G!dliness.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה’ אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעולָם. אֲשֶׁר נָתַן לַשּכְוִי בִינָה לְהַבְחִין בֵּין יום וּבֵין לָיְלָה.

In the morning we thank G-d for allowing us to see the difference between light and darkness. I learned a beautiful message by Rav Yonny Sack, that with this Bracha we thank G-d for allowing us to feel hope—feel moments of redemption even among our struggles, our darkness.

When we say the nighttime Shema, I find it beautifully fascinating how when we cover our eyes, we proclaim a deceleration of faith. We cover, and usually close our eyes, submitting  ourselves into a vulnerable darkness. We subject ourselves into an unknown, and what do we do this obscure reality?

We whisper, in the most intimate way with G!d and ourselves. We praise G!d and say May His name be blessed forever and ever. We bring the most comforting and clarifying light into our souls. We remind ourselves that among darkness, light is eternal.

Conversations in any context are defined based off of various factors. Prayer is simply communication; it is a way for anyone to calm and collect their thoughts, experiences and emotions. Whether the communication between “me” and G!d be through the linking of ancient holy words or through meditation, song, dance, art, etc. All serve as grand vehicles to higher levels and overall fulfillment. I truly believe in the overwhelming power of prayer, and recommend prayer, however this conversation may be created for you.

As we enter prayer, we enter an ark of opportunity. A closed capsule to regroup and reinvigorate both our psychological and spiritual selves. We then actualize our prayer with direction and an ignited purpose.

I pray, I hope and I bless everyone to experience as well as create a moment of light, a moment  as precious as prayer (whatever that means to you).

Cover your eyes,

the eyes that see insecurity, difference and hate.

Cover your eyes that have seen pain, suffering and hopelessness.

When the world finally stands silent

We hear the beams of light and hope

We whisper our deepest and truest self back into the world

With G!d’s help, our whispers will elevate

And down will pour the ringing of redemption.

-Shavua Tov-

About the Author
Edan has recently finished studying as a gap year student in Israel and loved every moment growing and exploring through various experiences. She hopes to share some of the wisdom and insight she has been blessed to have witnessed and heard, as well as try to articulate and pass on moments that were most impactful for her. Edan believes in using the power of words to silence our fears, worries and doubts in order to hear our inner truths of clarity, faith and hope. Through some poetry, Torah and anecdote, she is praying to illuminate the lights that already exist in all of us.
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