Wisdom of Water

July 25, 2011

Teach us the wisdom of water,
that life will have its falls,
sometimes like a mountain stream tumbling over round stones,
sometimes like threads of rain spun from clouds,
sometimes in breath-taking cascades.

Teach us the wisdom of water,
that each fall is finite,
each ends in contact with earth.
May we remember that we in this community
are as earth to each other.
We cushion each other’s falls,
lessening the impact,
supporting one another through hard times.
We are the ground of blessed community.

Teach us the wisdom of water,
that we will rise again from each fall,
sometimes like mist breathed from neighborhoods trees,
sometimes like a geyser shouting from the earth,
sometimes as imperceptibly as evaporation from the sea.

-from a Unitarian Universalist water blessing for wedding nuptials

Blessed are You, Adonoy, our God, King of the universe, Who has created everything for His glory.
Blessed are You, Adonoy, our God, King of the universe, Who fashioned the Man.
Blessed are You, Adonoy, our God, King of the universe, Who fashioned the Man in His image, in the image of his likeness and prepared for him from himself a building for eternity. Blessed are You Adonoy, Who fashioned the Man.
Bring intense joy and exultation to the barren one through the ingathering of her children amidst her in gladness. Blessed are You, Adonoy, Who gladdens Zion through her children.
Gladden the beloved companions as You gladdened Your creature in the garden of Eden from aforetime. Blessed are You, Adonoy, Who gladdens groom and bride.
Blessed are You, Adonoy, our God, King of the universe, Who created joy and gladness, groom and bride, mirth, glad song, pleasure, delight, love, brotherhood, peace, and companionship. Adonoy, our God, let there soon be heard in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem the sound of joy and the sound of gladness, the voice of the groom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the grooms’ jubilance from their canopies and of the youths from their song-filled feasts. Blessed are You Who gladdens the groom with the bride.
You are blessed, Lord our G-d, the sovereign of the world, creator of the fruit of the vine.

– Translation from the Hebrew as found on judaism.about.com.