Prayer After Miscarriage or Stillbirth
Found In: Pregnancy Loss
Tags: miscarriage, stillbirth
By Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso | Prayer
"Seeing our days are determined, the number of our months are with You, You set limits that we cannot pass. "
– After Job 14:5
God, we are weary and grieved. We were anticipating the birth of a child, but the promise of life was ended too soon. Our arms yearned to cradle new life, our mouths to sing soft lullabies. Our hearts ache from the emptiness and the silence. We are saddened and we are angry. We weep and we mourn. Weep with us, God, Creator of Life, for the life that could not be.
Source of healing, help us to find healing among those who care for us and those for whom we care. Shelter us under wings of love and help us to stand up again for life even as we mourn our loss.
Barukh Attah Adonai, zokher y'tzurav l'chayim b'rachamim.
Blessed are You, Eternal our God, whose compassion renews us unto life (from the High Holiday Amidah [standing prayer]).
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