Blessing Our Bodies
Thank You Lord
for the food that
we can enjoy today
Bless our bodies
as we enjoy this meal
and May You Lord be
glorified through this . . .
A Prayer for the Wonder of Our Bodies
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר יָצַר אֶת הָאָדָם בְּחָכְמָה וּבָרָא בוֹ נְקָבִים נְקָבִים חֲלוּלִים חֲלוּלִים. גָּלוּי וְיָדוּעַ לִפְנֵי כִּסֵּא כְּבוֹדֶךָ שֶׁאִם יִפַתֵּחַ אֶחָד מֵהֶם אוֹ יִסָּתֵם אֶחָד מֵהֶם אִי אֶפְשָׁר לְהִתְקַיֵּם וְלַעֲמֹד לְפָנֶיךָ. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי רוֹפֵא כָל בָּשָׂר וּמַפְלִיא לַעֲשׂוֹת
Barukh Atah Adonay Eloheynu Melekh Ha-olam, asher yatzar et ha-adam b’khokhmah u-vara vo n’kavim n’kavim khalulim khalulim. Galui v’yadua lif’nei khisei khvodekha she-im ippate’ach ekhad meyhem o yisatem ekhad meyhem i efshar l’hitkayem v’la’amod l’fanekha. Barukh atah Adonay rofey khol basar u-mafli la’asot.
Blessed are You, our God, Spirit of the World, who wisely formed the human body. You created it with openings here and vessels there. You know well that should even one of these stay opened, or one of those stay closed, we could not long survive. Blessed are You, Healer of all flesh, who makes the wonders of creation.
Prayers for the morning, part 3: Body
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר יָצַר אֶת הָאָדָם בְּחָכְמָה, וּבָרָא בוֹ נְקָבִים נְקָבִים, חֲלוּלִים חֲלוּלִים, גָלוּי וְיָדוּעַ לִפְנֵי כִסֵּא כְבוֹדֶךָ שֶאִם יִפָּתֵחַ אֶחָד מֵהֶם, אוֹ יִסָּתֵם אֶחָד מֵהֶם, אִי אֶפְשַׁר לְהִתְקַיֵים וְלַעֲמוֹד לְפָנֶיךָ: בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, רוֹפֵא כָל בָּשָׂר, וּמַפְלִיא לַעֲשׂוֹת:
Blessed are You, Adonai our God
Who forms the human body with wisdom
And creates within it a miraculous combination
Of organs and arteries, tissues and sinews.
It is known before Your throne of glory
That if one of these were to be open where it should be closed
Or closed where it should be open
We would not be able to stand before you and offer praises.
Blessed are You, Adonai, creator of embodied miracles!
[touch hands to your own forehead, if it feels natural] May you be blessed with wisdom, knowledge and understanding. May your intellect take you far on your journey. You have been blessed with reason and free will, it is your call every day to use these gifts.
[throat] May you be blessed with voice. May you learn the complex nature of truth-telling.
The ability to speak the truth in love is something that requires honesty, empathy and care. You are challenged every day to seek the joy that comes with sharing your truth
compassionately, as well as listening to others.
[heart] May your heart be full and blessed with love. May you know the agony of heartbreak, as it is intertwined with the elation of true love. Your heart is a strong and resilient organ, one that will be with you until the end of your time on earth. May you heed the wisdom of your heart and always trust the truth it tells.
[abdomen] You are blessed with the gift of sexuality. May you always remember that you
are a beloved child of god. Your body is sacred and belongs to you alone. May you live into
the full expression of your identity as a human being, embracing your true sexual and
gender identity. The gift of sexuality brings with it many rewards as well as great
responsibility. May you always retain power over your own being, striving toward
mutually fulfilling and just relationship.
[hands] When you were a baby, your tiny hands were your first contact with the world.
Before you could see more than a few feet in front of your face, you grasped the finger of
your loved ones. You catch yourself with your hands when you fall, and you express love
and comfort to others with them too. May your hands be gentle and strong. May you use
them to carry light into the darkness and rest to the weary. May your hands always find
the place of greatest need, beginning with your own, and may the creator of all things hold
you in the palm of her hand wherever you go.
[wrap arms around whole body] May you be blessed on your journey. May you remember that growth happens on the journey and that you are never alone.
May you always remember that you are a whole person, that each of these parts work together. We offer our blessings upon you, body, mind and spirit. May you be guided by compassion and truth, justice and love. May you find rest on the journey, always remembering where you came from, being mindful that your ancestors stand behind you, whether we are present on earth or have gone back to the Soul of the World. May you be blessed in all things and carry blessings with you wherever you go.
Blessing Your Body
“Thank you God for creating me and placing me on earth at this time to bring glory to
Your Name. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalms. 139:14)
I bless my hair, teeth and nails to be healthy and strong.
I bless my skin to remain clear and free of wrinkles or disease.
I bless my brain and memory to remain clear and sharp.
I bless my dendrites to grow and multiply and be healthy.
I bless my hypothalamus to stay in physical, mental, emotional and spiritual homeostasis.
I bless my limbic and synapses systems to re-route the neuropathways of memory to line up with God’s thoughts and attitudes.
I bless my fighter cells to seek out, attack and destroy the abnormal cells in my body.
I bless my ears to hear clearly physically and spiritually.
I bless my eyes to see clearly physically and spiritually.
I bless my sinuses to remain clear and free of blockage or hypersensitivity.
I bless my tongue to speak kind and encouraging words.
I bless my spinal cord, vertebrae and discs to remain in perfect alignment.
I speak healing to those areas of my back that have pain.
I bless my heart, arteries and veins to remain strong and free of blockage.
I bless my lungs to function at maximum capacity.
I bless my endocrine and adrenal systems to supply the proper amount of hormones my body needs for this stage of my life.
I bless my circulatory system to send the right amounts of oxygen and blood to my extremities.
I bless my reproductive system. Thank you God for making me (male/female) to fulfill the purposes you have planned for me.
I bless my nervous system to fire properly throughout my body. I speak healing to those areas where my nervous system has been damaged.
I bless my digestive system to function smoothly. I speak healing to those areas weakened by the effects of stress.
I bless my muscles, tendons and ligaments to be strong and flexible.
I bless my bones and cartilage to remain healthy and support my body.
I bless my body to be a healthy weight and desire only the nutritious food it needs.
I bless my lymphatic system to rid itself of any toxins in my body.
Thank you God for creating me in Your image. I am fearfully
and wonderfully made, wonderful are You
Created by Kris Gugel, RN