A Prayer for Shmita
About Alissa Bernholc
About A Prayer for Shmita
Cerulean sky imbues the day. Sky glow suffuses the night.
Help us capture clean energy to keep it clear.
May our planet be purified from our rest.
The seething and surging of the sea awes me.
Help us sweep the seas of synthetics.
May the world recover from our rest.
The vast verdant forests fill me with hope.
Let your garden re-emerge from the havoc of harvesters. Let the wild ones return.
May the earth be revived from our rest.
I marvel at the magnificence of massive mountains.
After mountaintop removal, let streams flow again with clear water. Let plantings reclaim pinnacles in Your praise.
May the earth be rebuilt from our rest.
Colorful coral gardens grow around continents.
Let embedded resilient coral on skeletons of ravaged reefs bloom, unbleached.
May the earth fortify from our rest.
Forests of mangroves, fields of sea grass and kelp protect our coasts, shelter sea creatures, and absorb carbon.
Help the projects to replant and protect coastlines prosper.
May the earth be preserved from our rest.
The icy fortress of Antarctica looms secluded.
Help us keep the resolutions that protect pristine environments from our feet.
May the earth be healed from our rest.
Loneliness and isolation end when men reach out in friendship and respect.
Help us build empathy for each other and all life.
May the earth be resplendent from our rest.
The earth is full of your power, goodness, and beauty.
Our rest reveals that only our arrogance makes us feel in control. Each life has value.
If we forgive all debts and transgressions, will You forgive us?
May we merit your loving kindness, and may the world be renewed from our rest.