Thursday, May 12, 2005

A Prayer for the World



    Let the rain come and wash away

    the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds

    held and nurtured over generations.

    Let the rain wash away the memory

    of the hurt, the neglect.

    Then let the sun come out and

    fill the sky with rainbows.

    Let the warmth of the Sun heal us

    wherever we are broken.

    Let it burn away the fog so that

    we can see beyond labels,

    beyond accents, gender, or skin color.

    Let the warmth and brightness

    of the Sun melt our selfishness.

    So that we can share the joys and

    feel the sorrows of our neighbors.

    And let the light of the Sun

    be so strong that we will see all

    people as our neighbors.

    Let the Earth, nourished by rain,

    bring forth flowers

    to surround us with beauty.

    And let the mountains teach our hearts

    to reach upward to heaven.


      —Rabbi Harold S. Kushner


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