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A Prayer for the Ill, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)


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O Lord, our God and God of our Fathers:
We call upon Thee in our distress,
when one who is very dear to us
is gravely stricken.
We lift our hearts in prayer to Thee
who art the source of life and strength.
May our prayers carry to Thee
the greatness of our sorrows
and the anguish that fills our hearts.
We ask for Thy light in our darkness,
for Thy love to fortify our love.
We ask for Thy mercy and compassion
that we may help each other
bear up under this burden.
Thou art our Judge,
the divine Source of all wisdom.
Give us understanding
of what we must do to sustain each other,
to make of this hour a going forward.
Help us
to drive out desperation
and invite true hope and courage,
for Thou art ever near unto us.
May it be Thy will
to reunite us in health and in love
so that we may take up our lives together
in ways pleasing to Thee.

“A Prayer for the Ill” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 46, from where this prayer was transcribed.






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