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Shehekianu

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, In : Reimagining Prayers 

The "Shehekianu" blessing is one that is said whenever one is experiencing something special, for the first time ever, or for the first time in a season.  I think part of learning to feel gratitude is to recognize just how often we have these moments and how often we should consider saying this blessing.


Shehekianu 

Each day is a new moment

A gift

A revelation

I’ve never seen it before

And I will never see it again


It is a first

Special

Unique


The challenge is to remember that

To live each day

In ...


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Natural Epiphanies

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Monday, March 6, 2017, In : Reimagining Prayers 
I wrote this poem a number of years ago, but reworked it a bit recently.  To me it clearly falls into the category of praising creation, as the Psalms do.  This piece is my modern take on that form.




Natural Epiphanies

Among the smokestacks, buildings,
pollutants, steel, 
of my childhood town
God was an abstraction,
impenetrable.

But camping in wild hills
of white tails and hemlock
I could feel God's glory.

The stretches of wild blackberries and huckleberries,
The shimmering aspen leaves,
The coy May appl...

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Bird Songs and Comfort

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Thursday, August 11, 2016, In : Reimagining Prayers 

This poem is loosely based on the Hebrew prayer traditionally said upon waking -- Modah Ani.  The focus of the prayer is gratitude to G-d for life and for waking to a new day.



Birdsongs and Comfort

Upon my waking

The pale light of dawn filters through the trees and curtains

Bird songs fill the air

Wrapped in a blanket of comfort and love 

With you by my side

In the still of the morning –

Modah ani –

I am grateful

For the gentle reminders 

That the world can be—

That I can be—

As those birds

Singing...


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A Prayer for Learning

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Thursday, August 4, 2016, In : Reimagining Prayers 
This work is part of another project I am working on.  I am looking at traditional Jewish prayers or blessing, and thinking about them for how they relate to modern days.  I am also trying to imagine which prayers we need now, in our world, that perhaps we haven't given voice to.

Here is one of the first ones I've done.

A Prayer for Learning 

For Melton Class 

Blessed are you, O Lord, our God, Guardian of the Universe, who has sanctified us with your commandments and has commanded us to study th...

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Lydia Schultz I want to work on dreaming, making, reworking, sharing, and exploring poetry. I am both revisiting my older work while struggling to create new pieces.
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