This is a prayer of gratitude to be said when reaching a career milestone. Suggestions for customizing this prayer are shown in [brackets].
On Professional Achievement
Today my dedication, commitment and achievements [have been / are being] recognized by my [peers / industry / association / union / organization / company].
I remember those who have helped me along the way,
Family and friends,
Colleagues, teachers and mentors.
I remember those who have put their trust and faith
In my vision and my labor.
With joy and appreciation
I remember my successes and setbacks,
What I have learned,
What I have produced,
What I have taught,
And the work that remains.
Grant me the wisdom
To use this moment as the platform
For further contributions to my profession,
Let my efforts be a continued source
Of satisfaction and service.
Let the work of my hands
Carry the light of Your blessing.
ברוך אתה ה’ אלקינו מלך העולם
שהחינו וקימנו והגיענו לזמן הזה.
Baruch ata adonai elohenu melech ha olam,
shehecheyanu, v’kiyimanu, v’higiyanu laz’man hazeh.
Blessed are You Adonai our G-d, Ruler of the Universe
Who has given us life, sustained us, and allowed us to reach this day.
© 2012 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.
Postscript: Here are other work-related prayers: one to be said “Upon Losing Employment,” another “Upon Gaining Employment” and one “For Work.” See also: “Against Worker Exploitation,” it’s one of my prayers for social justice.
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