Thought it was time to take the plunge and post my own work up here - I've spent enough time commenting on everyone else's. I'm reading this at my daughter's Bat Mitzvah next week - it's not really a poem. Please be kind. - - - - - -
My prayer for you on this special morning Is the prayer that formed in my heart on the day you were born, And that I've repeated every day since then.
Our Gd & Gd of our fathers, let me be strong enough to protect her with my every breath, And please watch over her and keep her safe when I can not.
Hilary, my prayer is that the amazing, unique and awe-inspiring glow that lights you from within Will continue to shine brightly and warm the hearts of your friends and family;
That you will greet each new sunrise with eagerness to meet the new day, And that you sleep each night with peace of mind and spirit.
I pray that as you make your place in this world, You continue to value honesty, integrity and loyalty above superficial relationships;
And that you build your future on the foundations of our Jewish heritage, And fill you life with Torah, tzedukah and tradition.
I pray that as you confront the often harsh realities that come with maturity You can still appreciate the daily miracles that make each day a gift;
And that when you face life's challenges and obstacles, Your faith in yourself and in Gd will see you through and give you comfort.
I pray that you find someone who will love you without reservation, Who will stand with you under the chuppah, empower you and defend you with every fiber of his being;
And that you one day experience the fierce joy that fills your soul when you have a child of your own, So that you can finally understand how our pride in you will never waver, and our love for you can never end.
So today, as you take your place in the Jewish community, I pray that Gd will always keep you in His sight and in His care, And that Daddy and I may always stand by your side.
Read this on Saturday. Had the whole congregation in tears by the end (myself included). It may not have rated any comments from the quoteland members, but certainly got the message across to my friends and neighbors. Thanks for all your support.
As Lady Macbeth said: Do not stand upon the order of your leaving, just get the heck out of here! (thanks RBG)
Wonderful. May the religious decision she now makes affect her the entirity of her life in the most positive of positive ways, and may her life be completed with the blessings she receives from you through this prayer.
Thank you for sharing the beautiful prayer. I confess I don't visit the Writers' Club too often b/c it's too often been dominated by broken hearts (hopefully the new forum for the lovelorn will help).
In any event, your spoken blessing for your daughter will have infused her with courage and hope as she faces the unknown future. And when her spirits flag, she will pull out your written prayer and persevere.....
*~Come play with my children feel the peace and Scatter some joy.~* ~*Blowing out someone else's candle doesn't make your's burn any brighter.*~ *** Heck was created for those who refuse to believe in Gosh. ***
Rhon, this was beautiful. My father wrote me something similar once and I have kept it always.
Your pint of pineapple beer is still waiting for you here in Oz (it's been a while now, so it's a little flat ).
Gone walkabout, mate? Haven't seen you around these parts for a fair few seasons. Without you here to lend some perspective I suddenly feel ... old ... all these whippersnappers running around the boards these days make me quite giddy .
Peace and peas, Mo
Gulta cavat lapidem non vi sed saepe cadendo. ~ Ovid (43 BC - c. 17 AD), Epistoloe Ex Ponto.
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That made me all misty eyed (and I'm at work). Good thing I don't wear eye makeup.
I have a 4 year old little girl, and every night when I tuck her in I tell her, "You know what? In all the kindoms and corporations, wonderlands and underlands, the whole wide world over - if I never get to be anything besides your mommy, that'll be enough for me!"
It has become part of our bedtime routine and she looks forward to hearing it now. She'll even prompt me to say it, but I'll tell ya I never get tired of telling her.
Its a mommy thing, and you've expressed it beautifully. Thanks!
Being 19 and still young, this speech brought me to tears. I bet your daughter was crying too. I guess every mother has there own speech. My mother gave her's at my highschool graduation party. I was bawling. I don't know if a girl or woman can ever fully leave the protective arms of a mother. I know I still can't tear away from her, even though i live 45 minutes away. Thanks for reminding me of the power of a mothers words and her actions.
Shalom, your prayer was exquisite and had all the warmth and beauty one could ever hope for.It is a gift to her. I hope you typed it out and framed it and she shall treasure it all the days of her blessed life.
"I will take the ring" he said "though I do not know the way" frodo
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Beautiful prayer... I hope the mother-daughter bond has only grown stronger since "A Prayer For My Daughter" was first posted, Rhon.
Puts me in mind of another mother's poem (written "To My Son" however) with the lines:
None other can pain me as you, dear, can do; None other can please me or praise me as you. ~ Margaret Johnston Grafflin [1849-1925]
------------------------------ The opposite of joy is not sorrow. It is unbelief. ~ Leslie Weatherhead Picture me with my ground teeth stalking joy--fully armed too, as it's a highly dangerous quest. ~ Flannery O'Connor