Tradition & Innovation

A Prayer for a New Year: 5781 and Beyond

woman looking out window
Adonai, our souls are crying out;
We have known pain and uncertainty,
Been traumatized by last year's harshness,
Please, shower us with Your Mercy ...
Had it been just the pain,
Had it been just the uncertainty,
Had it been just the trauma,
Shehekheyanu would rise from our lips ...
Yet the pain has not stopped,
The uncertainty continues, growing even worse,
New traumas compound the old ones,
And the weight is becoming unbearable ...
Please, Adonai, bring about new beginnings,
Cast off the cloak of darkness,
Illuminate our days as of old,
And help us to reclaim hope ...
Creator of All, hold us gently,
Guide us with Your steady hand,
Lead us through this modern desert,
Show us a new Promised Land ...
Rock and Redeemer, please lift us,
Look upon us in Your favor,
See us through this darkest night
And Bless us, Adonai, Bless us ...


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