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Children’s Prayer for the Recovery of our President [Dwight D. Eisenhower], by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1955)

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Master of Healing,
who delivered His servant,
David,
from the evil sword,
and Daniel
from the lion’s den,
We, Your children,
ask Your blessing
and help
for our beloved President–
DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER–
who lies
upon the bed of illness.

We love our President
O Lord,
for he is a good and kind man.
he has led our people
through war
and Peace
to better days
and happier times.

We pray
that You may be with him
as he lies upon his bed.
Give him happy thoughts
to cheer his long days,
and glad remembrances
of his work
and play.

Make him
to know in his heart
that we all miss his smile
and his cheerful voice,
and pray
that we may see them soon
again.

Help his doctors,
O God,
and make his family sure
that if You are with us,
we can never be hurt.
Praised be Thou,
O Lord,
who healest the sick.
Amen.

“Children’s prayer for the recovery of our president” was first published in Rabbi Avraham Soltes’ collection of prayers, תפלה Invocation: Sheaf of Prayers (Bloch 1959) and dated to October 1, 1955. President Eisenhower suffered a severe heart attack on September 24, 1955. Eisenhower initially planned on serving only one term, but he remained flexible in case leading Republicans wanted him to run again. While recovering from the heart attack late in September, he met with his closest advisors to evaluate the GOP’s potential candidates. The group concluded that a second term was well advised, and he announced that he would run again in February 1956.

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