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For Surfside: Signs of Life and Death

Posted on: July 4th, 2021 by Alden No Comments

This is a tough one to write, and perhaps read, but necessary. We in Israel know all-too-well that having confirmation of a death — and some remains to bury — after trauma and loss is as important to healing as it is painful. As now-Tropical Storm Elsa moves toward Surfside, this is a prayer for miracles of survival and signs of death to help both the living and the souls of the deceased. This is my second prayer after the building collapse there. Here’s a link to the first, “For Surfside, Florida.”

For Surfside: Signs of Life and Death
G-d of mystery,
We pray for signs of life,
For reunion,
As the days pass, we pray for miracles of survival.
Yet a moment always comes,
Still praying to be wrong,
When we yearn for something real
To confirm what we already know in our hearts.
We turn to face our sorrows,
And we pray for any signs,
Signs of life or death,
Some remains to bury,
So that the souls of the lost
Can rest easier,
And the souls of the living
Can fully mourn.

G-d of mercy,
Isn’t it enough that the building collapsed?
Isn’t it too much for the victims, survivors,
And their families to bear,
To assault with a storm the unmarked graves of the lost,
And the entrapment of any – please God –
Remaining survivors,
Impeding the efforts of the responders and
Safety officials,
With wind and water?

G-d of heaven and earth,
Heavenly Guide,
Hand of love and shelter,
Grant the people of Surfside Florida
Respite from these traumas,
And let there be an abundance
Of survival and life,
As well as peace of heart and soul
For the yet unidentified victims
And their families.

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Postscript: The idea for this prayer came from my sister Blair Solovy commenting about the need for families of the deceased to find a path to closure, which might require some form of confirmation of the loss and some remains to bury.

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For Surfside, Florida

Posted on: June 29th, 2021 by Alden No Comments

A prayer for hope and survival as time passes after the devastating condo collapse in Surfside, Florida. May we all know safety and peace of mind in our homes.

For Surfside, Florida
This waiting is exhausting,
This watching is devastating,
This wondering is heartbreaking,
As the painful and grueling work
Of digging through rubble
Feels endlessly slow.

G-d beyond understanding,
We pray for the dead and the lost
After the calamity and catastrophe
In Surfside, Florida,
Hoping against the destruction and tears
For moments of rescue and reunion.
For the dead, grant them peace under your wings.
For the lost, grant them delivery, life, and health.
For their families, grant them strength and endurance.
For the community, prepare a path to healing.
Of all places, let us feel safe in our homes and dwellings,
With our families, friends, and dear ones.

Bless the first responders with endurance
To be of maximum service in this moment of immeasurable need.
Bless their limbs with strength,
Their eyes with courage,
Their hands with gentleness.
Protect them from physical harm,
Shield them from emotional pain,
And guard them from taking this trauma into themselves.

G-d of heaven and earth,
Heavenly Guide,
Hand of love and shelter,
Grant the people of Surfside, Florida,
Your protection,
Your radiance,
And Your peace.

© 2021 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com.

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