Here‚Äôs¬†a prayer for Veterans Day. It‚Äôs¬†from a¬†set of three prayers¬†that I wrote for the¬†HUC-JIR continuing ed blog Tzeh U‚Äôlimad. To listen¬†along, click on the¬†triangle in the bar below. Click here to read¬†all three prayers, including ‚ÄúTo the Soldier, To the Veteran,‚ÄĚ which is a three-stanza prayer/poem, and ‚ÄúThe Last Soldier,‚ÄĚ a prayer for peace that honors the soldier‚Äôs journey. Click here for a memorial (yizkor) prayer for soldiers. Click here for Memorial Day Prayers.
Veterans Day Prayer
G-d of compassion,
G-d of dignity and strength,
Watch over the veterans of the United States
In recognition of their loyal service to our nation.
Bless them with wholeness and love.
Heal their wounds,
Comfort their hearts.
Grant them peace.
G-d of justice and truth,
Rock of our lives,
Bless our veterans,
These men and women of courage and valor,
With a deep and abiding understanding
Of our profound gratitude.
Protect them and their families from loneliness and want.
Grant them lives of joy and bounty.
May their dedication and honor
Be remembered as a blessing
From generation to generation.
Blessed are You,
Protector and Redeemer,
Our Shield and our Stronghold.
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Postscript: Here‚Äôs a link to a related prayer called ‚ÄúIn Times of War.‚ÄĚ Thanks again to Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Ph.D., editor of Tzeh U’limad, for her suggestions and encouragement.¬†Click here to read these prayers on Tzeh U’limad or here to read them at The Mankind Project Journal. Here are links to other prayers written at Rabbi Ruth‚Äôs suggestion: ‚ÄúBe‚Äôchol Lashon (In Every Tongue)‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúA Liturgy for 9-11.‚ÄĚ This prayer, which also appeared on Beliefnet’s Prayables,¬†was first published on November 10, 2011.
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