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Prayer for a Missing Person

By Rabbi Jennifer Feldman
silhouette of woman praying at beach sunset

Hear our voice, God, have mercy on us.
Accept our prayer with compassion and kindness.
Help us to come back to You;
Renew our lives as when we were young.
Cast us not away from Your Presence;
Take not Your holy spirit from us.
Cast us not away in times of weakness;
When our strength is gone do not abandon us.
Do not abandon us, God; do not be far from us.
For You are our help and our comfort
Hear our words, O God, and considerour innermost thoughts.
May the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart
Be acceptable to You, O God, Our Rock and our Redeemer.

The above prayer, Sh'ma Kolaynu, Hear Our Voices, is taken from the High Holiday Penitential Prayers. Each verse is from a verse of Psalms.

Dear God hear our prayer as we pray for the safety and return of our beloved friend, _______ . We join together tonight in between worlds of hope and despair. At this difficult time, we reach out to you and to one another to weave a sukkat shalom, a shelter of peace and a tapestry of love. May we find comfort in each others presence as we pray for ______. May the bonds of love and concern that we build this evening reach out to her. Holy One of Blessing, we pray that you protect her under the sheltering wings of Your Presence. And let us say, AMEN.