Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

For Wisdom during U.S. Presidential Elections

800px-US_Flag_BacklitSoon, we’ll cast our votes. When I posted a prayer “For Wisdom during U.S. Primary Elections,” some took offense at my dismay that Donald Trump might be nominated. Politics and prayer don’t mix, they said, missing the fact that my politics were claimed only in the introduction, not in the prayer itself. This is a prayer for wisdom, silent on politics. To me, however, there’s only one meaning: wisdom, experience and a life of public service (Hillary Clinton) must prevail over racism, misogyny, authoritarianism, xenophobia and bravado (Donald Trump).

For Wisdom during U.S. Presidential Elections
G-d of Justice,
Protector and Redeemer,
Grant guidance to our nation
As we select leaders,
Senators, Congresspersons and a President,
The men and women who promise
To uphold the Constitution,
To uphold our values,
To serve and to govern,
To bring prosperity to our land,
To protect our homes and secure our future.

Grant wisdom and courage to voters
To select a visionary President
And steadfast leaders,
People who will serve our citizens,
And all who reside within our borders,
With honor and integrity
To forge a flourishing and peaceful future.
Bless our future President with
Wisdom and strength,
Fortitude and insight,
Balanced by a deep humanity
And a love of peace,
Leading us to a time
When liberty and equality will
Reign supreme throughout the land.

G-d of Truth,
Source and Shelter,
Grant safety and security to all nations,
So that truth and harmony will resound
From the four corners of the earth.
Let the light of our U.S. democracy
Shine brightly,
A beacon of hope
For every land and every people.

© 2016 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: This prayer is based on “For Wisdom during Democratic Elections.”

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