Tradition & Innovation

Prayer for Those Having Difficulty Conceiving

By Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin

"God heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds, counts the number of the stars and calls them all by name. " Psalms 147: 3-4

This prayer is phrased in the plural and written in the voice of a married couple. It is easily adaptable for an infertile person to say on her or his own.

On our bed at night, we sought the one our hearts ached for; we sought, but did not find, that one.
How lovely you would be, so we imagine, how lovely!
Every part of you would be fair; no blemish would mar your coming.
Who is the one that shines through like the dawn,
Beautiful as the moon,
radiant as the sun,
awesome as hosts draped in their colors?
Who is the one that our hearts wait for, wait for, as the watchman for the morning light?

In You, God, our ancestors trusted,
In You they trusted, and You answered them.

We will trust in God, for God's goodness is never-ending; God's mercy is without bounds.
We will trust in God, for God is our help and our shield.

May the God who made heaven and earth, hear our plea and grant us a child.

Based on verses from Song of Songs and Psalm 22

Printed in Tears of Sorrow, Seeds of Hope, copyright 1999 by Nina Beth Cardin (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing).


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