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Prayer for Every Voice to be Heard and All Votes to be Counted, by Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann (2020)

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God, Spirit of the Universe,
Mercifully hear our prayer
for every voice to be heard
and every vote to be counted.

You have created humankind
in the image of the Divine,
teaching us that each human life is worthy,
holy,
and deserving of dignity and honor.
In your magnificent Divine Creation,
you have endowed each of us
with the capacity to make free choices
that shape our destiny.

We know that in a free democracy,
our vote is our voice,
the exercise of our godly right to choose
and a manifestation of the sanctity of our lives.

Holy One,
Help us to make manifest
the dignity and autonomy
of each person
by honoring their voices.

Strengthen us
as we firmly advocate
that every single vote be counted.

Protect us
from those who seek to demean the divine image
through deception and suppression.

Fill us with awe
for the franchise that so many have fought
and died
to extend to all God’s children.

Grant us patience
to wait as long as needed
so that democracy can work as it should,
a holy exchange between the governing
and the governed.

Guide our steps in these coming days,
so that we may respond with commitment
and with abounding love for all Creatures.

May we be strong and have courage in the days ahead.

And whatever the outcome of this election,
may we commit to building a future
in which no vote is suppressed or denied.

Let every vote count.
Let every voice be heard.

The “Prayer for Every Voice to be Heard and All Votes to be Counted,” was first published by Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann on 4 November 2020 via her Facebook page.

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