A thought on prayer from Rabbi Scott Bolton, encouraging even to those among us who find the traditional liturgy more challenging than uplifting:
The act of crying out or pronouncing sacred poetry is to create aesthetic beauty and an electric, salient and soaring humanity, or just to be a part of the great chain of history. In prayer, we are mining our potentials, individually and collectively, to make tikkun olam — in the moment and for the future. We pray to become the agents of all that was, is and should be good. Through the act of prayer, our optimistic stories are written and go on forever.