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A Psalm for Victims of Hurricane or Flood

By Rabbi Naomi Levy

Save me, God;
For the waters have reached my soul.
I sink in deep mire,
Where there is no place to stand;
I have come into deep waters,
And the flood sweeps over me.
I am weary of my crying;
My throat is parched;
My eyes fail while I wait for my God.
Rescue me from the mire,
And do not let me sink.
Don’t let the floodwaters sweep me away,
Or the deep swallow me up,
Or the pit shut its mouth over me.
Answer me, God;
For Your loving kindness comforts me;
Turn to me in Your mercy.
Do not hide Your face from me;
For I am in trouble;
Answer me quickly.

Rabbi Levy is the author of TO BEGIN AGAIN and TALKING TO GOD: Personal Prayers for Times of Joy, Sadness, Struggle, and Celebration (Alfred A. Knopf, New York) and the spiritual leader of Nashuva in Los Angeles


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