A prayer-poem I wrote after reading and listening to the stories being uncovered now, some being told for the first time. When the truth is revealed, healing can begin. It’s not always easy to listen, but we all need to develop the courage to keep opening up, sharing, and listening. The process includes healing the parts of ourselves closed down because we needed to protect ourselves. A new way of relating to each other beckons us. May we have the depth and commitment to forge this new path together, even when uncomfortable. The starting place is that every human being is a universe. Every human is a precious soul that is unique and made in the image of the Divine Mystery. Let’s not miss this moment.
Let the truth rain down
and create rivers
Let us be strong enough to keep listening
as more unfolds
little things –
May the shame be washed away:
It’s not your fault
you didn’t deserve it
you didn’t dress the wrong way.
you said yes when your body screamed no,
you didn’t speak up
out of fear or
thinking you must have brought it on,
thinking you may be the only one,
and you really need this job.
It could really help your career.
it pays the bills.
No dear one,
unburden yourself from blame, and
allow the lessons learned to become your strength and wisdom.
Open back up like a flower,
blooming in safety;
your petals reaching toward the light,
becoming the essence of your true self.
Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman