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For those at home
O God, Father in Heaven,
who hast set Thy earthly children in families
and given to them the joys of human companionship,
bless, we beseech Thee, those from whom we are separated.
May our mutual love bridge the distance between us.
that in absence
our hearts are true
and may the thought of them
restrain and inspire us
day by day.
from undue anxiety in our behalf.
if it be Thy will,
and us to them,
so that in Thine own good time
we may look once more
upon their faces.
Bestow upon them
all that they need
for the body and the soul.
We thank Thee
for those who ministered to us when we were young and weak,
for the friends and kindred of maturer years,
and for all whom we love.
May we be more worthy of their noblest thoughts of us
and may we serve them better in the future than in the past.
“[Prayer] for those at home,” a variation of a prayer by Rev. Howard A. Bridgman (1860-1929), is found adapted (without Christian god-language) by Rabbi Morris S. Lazaron in his World War Ⅰ era prayerbook, Side Arms: Readings, Prayers and Meditations for Soldiers and Sailors (1918), on page 25. The original version of the prayer was first published in The Service Song Book (Young Men’s Christian Associations 1917), pp. 86 in the abridged edition.
“For Those At Home, a prayer for the home front during war by Rev. Howard A. Bridgman adapted by Rabbi Morris Lazaron (1918)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.
Works of related interest:
Prayer for Sailors and Soldiers on Active Service, by Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1914)
For the Day’s Round in Camp, a prayer for soldiers by Rev. Howard A. Bridgman adapted by Rabbi Morris Lazaron (1918)
Prayer on the Declaration of War [against Imperial Germany], by Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1914)