Psalm 27 by Havi Mandell, Ph.D., LCSW

Shechinah is my Light and my path Home to Love

I am not afraid.

The Lord is my strength and foundation

I will not fear.


I will not allow the negative voices in my head

To create limitations

To lead me astray

To fill me with fear.

I will not allow the Enemies of Depression, Loneliness and Questioning Self-Worth

To pull me off my true path

into pits of Despair, confusion, ugliness and envy

Of demeaning myself and diminishing my Light.


One thing I ask from Yah,

This only do I seek:

That I may dwell in the house of the Lord

All the days of my life,

To gaze on the beauty of Shechinah

And to seek her in her temple.


May I realize I am truly already in Your sacred dwelling

Every day of my life

Your Beauty and Grace are the temple of this Glorious Creation

That surrounds and fills my every moment, every space, every breath.


I will sing and make music to the Lord

With my voice, my body, my writing, my art

With each act of kindness and each moment of presence

With each courageous moment of stepping into my Truth

With love beyond words.

I will sound the shofar

Waking me from the slumber of confusion, of fear, of illusion.


Hear me as I sing out to You.

Hear me even in my whispers.

Show me the way home when I wander in the darkness.

I turn and return to You.


My heart calls on me to seek Your face.

And I go without fear

to the field, the broken glass, the burning wood

to meet You and your smiling countenance

Face-to-face, heart-to-heart, creator-to-creation


May I see You with ever fresh eyes

Celebrating creation and re-creation in each moment

May I make space for You to dwell as I dwell in you.


 I will see, I do see, the goodness of the Lord

In the land of the living.

Wait for Yah;

Be strong and take heart

And wait for Shechinah.


May we all meet in the Field with Love and Wonder

In a dance of celebration and perpetual rebirth.


Shechinah is my Light and my path Home to Love

I am in Awe. I am in Light.

The Lord is my strength and my foundation.

I am to my Beloved and my Beloved is to me.


Havi Mandell, Ph.D., LCSW