May be read following the Torah reading and/or prior to the Mishebeirach blessing on Shabbat.
On this Shabbat, we continue telling
the saga of our people's Exodus from Egypt, our journey from slavery to
freedom, from servitude to covenant. We recall that moment of deliverance at
the Sea of Reeds when we miraculously passed
through the waters, yet witnessed the watery death of others. Rather than
rejoice at our own survival, we are taught to hear the cries of the victims;
God silenced the angels who would celebrate the survival of the Israelites,
proclaiming "The work of My hands is drowning in the sea."
As we gather this Shabbat, we
remember the loss of tens of thousands of God's children killed in the Haitian
Earthquake. We pray that the survivors in need of healing might find strength
and comfort. We pray that those in search of missing loved ones will be
sustained with courage and hope. We pray that those who have lost their homes
and livelihoods will have the fortitude to rebuild their lives. Loving and
gracious God, who created the earth in all its fullness, grant them comfort,
healing and peace. Be their help, in
this, their time of need.
As it is written:
a great and mighty wind, splitting mountains and shattering rocks by the power
of Adonai; but Adonai was not in the wind.
After the wind--an earthquake; but Adonai was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake--fire; but Adonai was not
in the fire. And after the fire--a still,
small voice. (I Kings 19:11-12)
May we be the voice that brings comfort and hope in
the midst of the storm.
Adapted by Rabbi Shawn Zevit from a prayer by Bradley Burston, Israel News
A prayer for the people of Haiti, who, on a good day, must take heroic measures just to wake the next, And who must now find a way to live through the end of the world:
Compassionate One whose relief work is beyond our capabilities Breathe life today into those buried alive and strengthen the response capacity of Your relief workers in this world To hear those who have yet to be saved, To hear those who have been saved but whose limbs and lives are crushed, To hear those who pray For those who can no longer pray for themselves.
Source of Speech, embedded in the language of love Fortify the souls of those who call out now in rescue Life Force, expressed in the language of loss Send strength to those who, with their last strength Now seek nothing more than finding loved ones
A prayer for the people of Haiti, who on this day take heroic measures just to survive, And with the world's help, Will find a way to live into an new world, Though one rebuilt on the rubble of unfathomable loss.
Source of Response to need Be the blessing Of prayers realized.