“Prayer for Our Country”

Prayer for Our Country - Central SynagogueTonight we watched streaming Shabbat Services from Central Synagogue in New York City.

We have been feeling afraid of what these election results will mean for our future and the future of our country. We felt it was so important to connect with our American Jewish community this Shabbat after such a distressing week (this explains why we are grieving this week).

Today’s #OneGoodThing is this “Prayer for Our Country” adapted by Central Synagogue Clergy from “For Wisdom During U.S. Presidential Elections” by Aldon Solovy.

God of Justice, Protector and Redeemer, Grant guidance to our nation’s leaders,

Those who promise to uphold our values,

To serve and to govern, to bring prosperity to our land,

To protect our homes and secure our future.

Grant wisdom and courage to those who live in this land

To work with our elected leaders,

To tirelessly stand up for the vulnerable,

To forge a flourishing and peaceful future.

Give our future President the wisdom and strength

To act with compassion and a love of humanity and peace,

Leading us to a time when liberty and equality will prevail.

God of Truth, Source and Shelter,

Grant safety and security to all nations,

So that harmony will resound throughout the earth.

Let the light of our U.S. democracy continue to shine as a beacon of hope

For every land and every people.

On this Veterans Day — and in honor of my grandfather and my cousin who each served in the Navy — I want to acknowledge the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families. Thank you for your service.

And in honor of my grandmother, happy 11/11!

Day 316 of 366.

What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments!


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