For Police, Revised

nypd-officers-slainI just returned from a six week trip to the U.S., including teaching at many synagogues. Police officers were present at each ont to protect congregants. Here’s a revised version of my prayer “For Police.” This version adds lines of support for families and colleagues of fallen officers. The original prayer was a response to a sniper attack on police in Dallas during a Black Lives Matter protest. This version also omits a politically-charged paragraph that doesn’t fit in a general prayer for police. For more on the impetus behind the original version, see the original post.

For Police
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,
Skill in the pursuit of our well-being
And 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.
Bless their families with consolation and comfort,
And their colleagues with solace and support.
Grant Your healing to all who grieve.

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.
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.

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Postscript: See also “For Firefighters.” 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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