United Church of Christ

 

A Prayer from Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

 

Interfaith Day of Prayer

May 7, 2020

 

 

 

Gevurot (Mighty Deeds)

In a Time of Pandemic

 

Source of All Life

 

Daily Your Jewish Children

Praise You and Your Mighty Deeds

 

We call you:

 

Matir Asurim

The One who Releases the Imprisoned

 

Someich Noflim

The One Who Lifts up the Fallen

 

Rofei Ha-Cholim

The One Who Heals the Sick

 

We trust You keep faith with those who sleep in the dust

 

And now

We slumber in the dust of disease, suffering and loss

We sleep in the Valley of the Shadow of Death

 

Keep faith

 

Creator of all life

Your children who are themselves

But ashes and dust

Cry out in praise of life

 

But our voices are muffled by masks

 

Do you hear

 

Keep faith

 

Many among us are sick

Many among us are imprisoned

Many have fallen…

Into poverty,

Destitution, and despair

 

Keep faith in You

Keep faith in Us

 

Our Gevurot (Our Mighty Deeds)

 

Let Us lift up the fallen

Let Us free the captive

Let Us heal the sick

 

And when we can not

 

Let Us keep faith

 

Where there is death

Let us praise

 

Life

 

Rav L’Hoshiya

Mighty is Your Salvation

Mighty is Our Salvation

 

Source of All Life

 

Daily Your Jewish Children

Praise You and Your

Gevurot

Mighty Deeds

and say:

 

Baruch Atah Adonai

M’Chayei Ha-Meitim

 

Blessed are you O God

Bring life even where there is death

 

Amen

 

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

 


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