This is a prayer for police officers, a response to Thursday’s sniper attack on police in Dallas during a Black Lives Matter protest. For nearly a year, a prayer “For Police” has been on my list to write. It’s an awkward moment for this prayer. Trust for police is at a low. The nation grieves. We debate two core issues: gun violence and systemic oppression of blacks and other minorities by some in law enforcement. This prayer is in memory of the slain officers and also to honor of a former member of the City of Evanston (Illinois) Police Department, whose heroism saved my daughters and wife Ami z”l from disaster.
G-d of the selfless,
G-d of the strong and the brave,
Watch over those who dedicate their lives
To serving and protecting others,
Men and women who have answered the call
Of honor, duty and service,
Who risk life and limb to maintain law and order,
Who risk life and limb among the first responders
To natural disasters and man-made terror.
Grant them protection in the pursuit of our safety.
Grant them skill in the pursuit of our well-being.
Grant them wisdom in the pursuit of justice.
Bless the souls of those who’ve died in our service.
May their memories be sanctified with joy and love.
Rock of Truth,
Watch over our communities with love.
Bring an end to crime and violence,
So that all may know
Your compassion and Your grace.
Rock of Ages,
Stronghold and Shelter,
Bless all who serve in the policing professions with Your care.
In their work, bless them fortitude and strength,
Insight and judgment.
In their lives, bless them with joy and health,
Security and well-being.
Let their deeds resound with fairness and integrity,
The calling of their profession,
A source of blessings in our midst.
Rock of Love,
Heal the wounds of our nation.
Heal the grief that tears us apart.
And let us all be blessed with peace.
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Postscript: This prayer is based on two other prayers: “Memorial Prayer for 9/11 First Responders” and “For Nurses.” Here are prayers “Against Gun Violence” and for taking social justice “To the Streets.”
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