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A Prayer of Healing for Mental Illness, by Rabbi Elliot Kukla

https://opensiddur.org/?p=41747 A Prayer of Healing for Mental Illness, by Rabbi Elliot Kukla 2022-01-03 15:50:10 "A Prayer of Healing for Mental Illness" was written by Rabbi Elliot Kukla for the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center and was first published in <em>Where Healing Resides</em> (CCAR 2013), p. 91. Text the Open Siddur Project Elliot Kukla Elliot Kukla https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Elliot Kukla https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Well-being, health, and caregiving 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. Distress English vernacular prayer wrestling
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A Prayer of Healing for Mental Illness
May the One who blessed our ancestors
bless me with strength and healing
as I struggle with emotional distress
and mental suffering.
May I walk in the footsteps
of Jacob, King Saul, Miriam, Hannah, and Naomi,
who lived with dark moods,
hopelessness,
isolation,
and terror,
but survived and led our people.
Just as our father Jacob spent the night
wrestling with an angel and prevailed,
may I be granted the endurance
to wrestle with pain and prevail,
night upon night.
Grant me the faith to know
that though, like Jacob,
I may be wounded,
shaped,
and renamed by this struggle,
still I will live on
to continue an ever-unfolding,
unpredictable path toward healing.
May I not be alone on this path
but accompanied by family in all its forms,
friends,
caregivers,
ancestors,
and the Divine Presence.
Surround me with loving-kindness, grace, and companionship,
and spread over me a sukkat shalom, a shelter of peace and wholeness.

“A Prayer of Healing for Mental Illness” was written by Rabbi Elliot Kukla for the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center and was first published in Where Healing Resides (CCAR 2013), p. 91.

 

 

 

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