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A Prayer in the Aftermath of a Devastating Storm, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor (2012)

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אלהי הרוחות
Elohei haRuchot, God of the Winds,[1] Numbers 27:16 
Fixated as we are by incalculable losses in our families, our neighbors,
human beings spanning national borders,
we are pummeled into shock, barely even able to call out to You.

We are, as ever, called to share bread with the hungry,
to take those who suffer into our homes,
to clothe the naked,
to not ignore our sisters and brothers.[2] adapted from Isaiah 58:6-7  
Many more of our brothers and sisters
are hungry, homeless, cold, and vulnerable today
than [they] were just a few days ago,
and we need Your Help.

We pray from the depths of our souls
and we pray with the toil of our bodies
for healing in the face of devastation.
We join our voices in prayer
to the prayers of others around the world
and cry out for safety.
We look to the sacred wells of human resilience and compassion
and ask You for even more strength and hope.

God, open our hearts
to generously support those determined to undo this chaos.

God, be with us
as we utilize every network at our disposal
to support each other.
Be with First Responders engaged in the work of rescue
as they cradle lives new and old,
sheltering our souls and bodies from the storm.
Be with us and be with them, God.

Be with those awaiting news from loved ones,
reeling from fire, water and wind
that have crippled cities, decimated villages,
and taken lives.
Be with all of us, God.

Be with us God,
comfort us, and support us
as we rebuild that which has been lost.

May all this be Your will.

Rabbi Menachem Creditor first published this prayer on his website, “in recognition of the holy work of the American Red Cross.”


1 Numbers 27:16
2 adapted from Isaiah 58:6-7

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