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A Prayer for the People of Haiti

Adapted by Rabbi Shawn Zevit

A prayer for the people of Haiti,
who, on a good day,
must take heroic measures
just to wake the next,
And who must now find a way
to live through the end of the world:

Compassionate One
whose relief work is beyond our capabilities
Breathe life today into those buried alive
and strengthen the response capacity
of Your relief workers in this world
To hear those who have yet to be saved,
To hear those who have been saved
but whose limbs and lives are crushed,
To hear those who pray
For those who can no longer pray for themselves.

Source of Speech, embedded in the language of love
Fortify the souls of those who call out now in rescue
Life Force, expressed in the language of loss
Send strength to those who, with their last strength
Now seek nothing more than finding loved ones

A prayer for the people of Haiti,
who on this day
take heroic measures
just to survive,
And with the world's help,
Will find a way
to live into
a new world,
Though one rebuilt
on the rubble of unfathomable loss.

Source of Response to need
Be the blessing
Of prayers realized.


Found in: Communal Tragedy

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