Tuesday, December 24, 2013

50 States of Pray



I'm one of four Californians participating in Mark Koopmans' bloghop, 50 States of Pray. If you don't already know this, Mr. Koopmans is a warm and friendly resident of Hawaii. So I call him "Mr. Roarke." (Fantasy Island reference.) Mr. Roarke's bloghop offers a beautiful way to mark Xmas Eve in blogland, and I'm lending my Jewish voice.

Judaism emphasizes a concept called "Tikkun Olam" (pronounced tea-koon oh-lomm). This means a healed world. We not only pray for this, but each of us is obligated do our part to bring about peace on earth. 

Love and blessings for a very Merry Xmas (as relevant) and holiday season.
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Together: A Prayer for the World
 
Blessings for healing
Of body and mind
Freedom from hurdles 
That stall and confine

The urge to laugh
A surge of will
To savor breath 
in moments still

May bursts of hope
Feed hardened souls
And broken bits
Grow into wholes

Violence quelled by rising care
A shift towards what's just and fair

May dreams be held and given birth
That none shall doubt their precious worth.

May love pervade
All life, renew
Wounds be sealed
and scars be few.

The world so huge
My role so small


Together, may we do it all.

40 comments:

  1. This is such a powerful poem Robyn! "May dreams be held and given birth, That none shall doubt their precious worth," are words that everyone should be taught at an early age. I tried to write a serious poem, but I went with a silly one instead. It just didn't feel right, but this one definitely does. Wishing you all good things in the New Year, Robyn!

    Julie

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  2. What a beautiful poem and I love the concept of Tikkun Olam. Wishing you a wonderful New Year, Robyn. (:

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  3. That is a beautiful poem, Robyn. Tikkun Olam - I will remember that.
    And I call him Madman M-Koo.

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  4. This is beautiful, Robyn!! I love Tikkun Olam. What a wonderful belief.

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  5. Hi, Robyn! What a wonderful poem. Thank you for sharing it.

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  6. A healed world would be grand indeed, too bad it hasn't taken seed

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  7. A message of hope in rhyme
    And for Christmas, just in time!
    Thanks Robyn!

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  8. Amen, Robyn - that's a prayer than even atheists could recite without feeling silly.

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  9. A healed world is what we need,
    This is a lovely prayer indeed!

    Many happy returns from Texas!

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  10. Powerful words!
    And I do believe we are bound by the promise and potential of a common humanity...
    Have a wonderful season with friends and family!
    Writer In Transit

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  11. Very nice prayer. Have a Merry Christmas!

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  12. I like the call to action that the ta koon oh lomm (I hope I remembered that correctly, since I had no hope on the actual spelling) brings forth. Yes, nothing good will happen if we don't do good. From our emails, I am so glad that your spirit is healing and you are moving closer to who you want to be every day. Sometimes that road is long. Other times it is short, but it is always painful to travel. And yet necessary and worthwhile.

    I wish you peace and joy this season and a sense of excitement for the New Year!!! ((Hugs))

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  13. "Smiles, everyone, Smiles!" lol

    Have a beautiful holiday!

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  14. Beautiful post, Robyn! What a fantastic poem. Peace and joy to you. May the New Year grant you everything you wish.

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  15. Lovely poem Robyn
    Our individual roles may be small but even a kind word can mean so much and go a long way. I'm sure they all add up.
    Happy Christmas

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  16. Great poem; I couldn't resist reading it twice. I hope you have a wonderful and very Merry Christmas.

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  17. I didn't know about this! Thank you for sharing and what a beautiful and thoughtful poem! May you have a blessed new year!

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  18. I love your poems. Beautiful..just beautiful.

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  20. Beautiful images your poem called up for me. Merry Christmas.

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  21. A powerful poem. Together, and one by one, we can make a huge difference in world.

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  22. Dear Robyn,

    I humbly apologise for taking this long to get here. And wouldn't you know it, I'm typing from Boxing Day. Typing from the future.

    Mark would says "Smiles, everybody..."

    Such a eloquent, thoughtful poem, dear friend. Your role, a small yet oh so significant part of making this world a better, more peaceful place.

    Wishing you a happy, fulfilling holiday season.

    In peace, hope and goodwill, your friend,

    Gary x

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  23. Beautiful sentiments, Robyn, and a nice antidote to the less savoury commercialism and general glut of this season. Health and happiness to you and your loved ones, and very best wishes for 2014!

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  24. What a beautiful poem/prayer, Robyn! Wishing you peace and all the best during the holiday season and throughout the year. :)

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  25. Absolutely beautiful poem Robyn! I never heard of Tikkun Olam, but it's a wonderful idea!

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  26. HAPPY HOLIDAYS, ROBYN...

    What a lovely and appropriate prayer for this special time of year.

    Thank you for sharing it with us. At this time peace and love is the key, no matter what our religious beliefs may be.

    May we all experience a kinder and more peaceful world in our future...

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  27. Hi Robyn, beautiful poem today. I scrolled down and bit and saw Mondays post - did you write that? It totally got to me!
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe
    x

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  28. Hi Robyn - I've never heard of the Jewish concept called "Tikkun Olam" - a healed world is such a brilliant idea - and I certainly hope the leaders of the world, all of the world, will find this idea out .. we need it = now.

    Your prayer poem is a blessing to read .. with thanks - Hilary

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  29. This is just lovely! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Robyn!

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  30. This is such a beautiful poem!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  31. Beautiful poem, Robyn.
    You do it so well.
    Shalom (if I may?).

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  32. What a beautiful poem.

    Have a blessed new year. :-)

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  33. This was wonderful to come across. Praying and also taking responsibility for healing is a message I needed to hear. Your poem was lovely too. I did, however, read your most recent post with the funniest comments and being a newcomer to your site I was laughing out loud. I immediately began to plan my next visit back so I could see some of the posts those referred to! Happy New Year to you.

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  34. This was beautiful! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

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