Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

For A Critically-Ill Father

This is a healing prayer for fathers, structured in parallel to my prayer “For a Critically-Ill Mother.” My prayer “For a Critically-Ill Child” has a decidedly different structure and tempo. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows. This prayer will appear in my forthcoming book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.

For A Critically-Ill Father
Holy One,
G-d of health and healing,
My father’s body is failing.
Illness holds him.
Grief and fear hold me.

Ancient One,
Well of hope,
Grant my father
A quick and complete recovery.
Relieve his suffering.
Remove his pain.
Return him to health.
Restore him to life.

Rock of my heart,
Comfort and shelter,
You know the path ahead.
You know the journey.
You hear our prayers.
G-d who healed Miriam in the desert,
Bring Your healing power to my father
_______________ (father’s name in Hebrew or your native tongue)
So that he may know life and health,
Joy and peace.

Blessed are You, Adonai our G-d,
Creator of fatherly wisdom and strength,
Source of love,
Rock of life.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: Other prayers for healing include: “For a Critically Ill Child,” “For a Critically Ill Mother,” “For Surgery,” “Upon Recovery from Surgery” and “For Healing the Spirit.”

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2 Responses to “For A Critically-Ill Father”

    • tobendlight

      Thanks Fran. May your friend find comfort and piece in the G-d of his understanding and in the arms of friends, family and community. I wrote this prayer “For Bereaved Children” for my daughters. Since then I’ve come to understand that, no matter what age we lose a parent, to one degeree or another, we become “bereaved children.” Another prayer about loss, a bit more complex in emotion and theology, is “Things Break.” If you have the chance to read either of them, please let me know what you think.

      I appreciate your support of my writing. It helps keep me going.


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