Because of the positive feedback that my previous post, Thoughts on Ash Wednesday, got, I decided to write a follow-up post.
Below is a prayer I wrote for nudists. The prayer is written from the perspective of a man, but change a few of the words around and the prayer could work for women, too. As always, feedback is welcome. Thank you for reading it.
Here it is:
God, in the perfect world you created, it was your will that mankind be naked without shame.
You created me.
I come before you, naked.
Please see me, and love me, for all that I am.
Don’t just see my body.
See my heart.
See my mind.
See my soul.
See the deepest desires of my heart.
[Say what your deepest desires are.]
See my most horrifying pains.
[Say what your biggest regrets, fears, and most traumatic events in your life are.]
May I never judge a person by their body.
May I always see a woman as more than her pleasurable body parts.
[Say what body parts, and/or aspects, of a woman you find pleasurable. “May I always see that a woman is more than her…”]
May I always see all of my fellow nudists as the human beings they are — not as a means to experience pleasure.
May the inherent goodness of the human body be proclaimed throughout all the world.
By your will, may the day eventually come when mankind is naked without shame once more.
Your will be done for me.
Your will be done for my fellow nudists.