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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Prayers based on "Say 'Thank You' and See Miracles" by Rabbi Shalom Arush

 Prayers based on "Say 'Thank You' and See Miracles" by Rabbi Shalom Arush

Ribbono Shel Olam, Master of the World, may I live a life of constant gratitude and Emunah. May my every thought, speech, and deed be filled with faith in You and thanks for all that I have received every day of my life for years and years and years. May I be thankful for all that you have done for me and every member of my family. 

May I remember to thank you always and not act like a spoiled child, or even worse, upset with any little thing that doesn't go my way. Help me fully internalize the concept that every difficulty I face, whether big or small, comes directly from You, and is in my best interest. 

Ribbono Shel Olam, Rabbi Shalom Arush tells stories of people whose situations are infinitely more difficult than mine, and yet they were able to find the strength to say "Thank you," and changed their lives around completely. Whether it was a death in family, bullying at school, blindness and other health problems, extreme financial hardships, these people turned to thankfulness and emunah and saw miracles and salvations. May I learn from them and thank you for whatever small difficulty I face.  

Ribbono Shel Olam, may I also fully grasp the concept that any success in this world comes directly from you, and that the most that we can do is to build vessels to receive your abundance. May I understand that every perceived failure is truly the best thing for me, and may I never give up, and understand that the most important thing is how I act and desire, and not necessarily the result, which is completely in your hands.

May I also internalize the fact that even any lacking on my part is fully understood by You, because after all, You were the One that made me, and know of my many flaws. May I not persecute myself over my faults, but instead simply strive to do better, knowing full well that if my Teshuvah is sincere, it will be accepted. 

Ribbono Shel Olam, thank you for my health all these years, thank you for my ability to breathe, to eat, to sleep. Thank you for everything! Thank you for the opportunity to live each day and connect with you, whether it be through Torah, prayer, or good deeds, thank you! May I always be thanking you, every day, every moment, please let me never forget this important state of being, whether or not I am tired or busy, distracted, etc., may I always have this frame of mind, truly understanding that every moment is a gift, to be enjoyed, to make the most of every moment, in an eternal state of youth. 

Ribbono Shel Olam, thank you for every difficulty I have faced in the past, every fraught relationship, every difficult decision. Ribbono Shel Olam, Rabbi Shalom Arush teaches that prayers of requests are lower than prayers of gratitude, because requests imply that something is missing at this moment, when in fact my current situation is exactly what is best for me. I hope from now on to rejoice in it, to rejoice in the present.

Thank you, Ribbono Shel Olam, thank you for this wonderful life, thank you for Rabbi Shalom Arush, and for being able to share these ideas with others.

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