We Stand with Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation

A Prayer
Standing with the Tree of Life * Or L’Simcha Congregation

Be strong and let your heart have courage. Psalm 31:25

God, hear our prayer.
With horror we bear witness to
the evil within our midst.
We pray that our broken hearts
do not become embittered.
Let us not give in to cynicism and despair.
May we find comfort in our faith and in our community, strengthen 
our resolve to be messengers of peace and healing and bring comfort 
to the broken hearted.

We pray for the soul of our country.
May violence be no more. 
May the way of our land be for good and not for evil.
May the words we speak, inspire.
May our outstretched arms, embrace.
May our minds learn tolerance and understanding.
Strike the inclination to do evil from the hearts of the wicked.
Empower us for good, for life, for love.

God, we pray for the children. 
The children, our greatest gift,
the hope in our hearts, the delight of lives,
our future and legacy. 
The children, dear God. 
Innocent and true.
Our children, pure in their beauty, 
proof of goodness and miracle.
Our children
The children, dear God.

May we be strong and may our hearts have courage.

Rabbi Karyn Kedar
October 27, 2018
18 Heshvan 5779