A Prayer for Election Day 2016

Our kehilla often talks about how our Jewishness informs our secular pursuits and how the rhythms of our secular lives can be enhanced through the application of Jewish ritual, sacred texts, and our Jewish wisdom tradition. What follows is a prayer written by our spiritual leader, Jessica K. Shimberg, inspired by a sense of relief and hope on this Election Day coupled with a desire to have the events of this election cycle motivate us toward productive dialogue and action to heal and strengthen our country and its inhabitants.

May our nation be blessed with2016-election
hope and healing,
strength and softness,
courage and compassion,
vision and veracity,
fortitude and faith in the political process.
May we feel, in the coming hours and days,
a renewal of hope that calls us to thoughtful action.
May we take the ugliness that was unveiled by the antipathy and derision of this election cycle,
and hold it up to the light
allowing careful examination of the issues that breed discontent
to clear the way for the values that give birth to
justice, fairness, equality, and peace.
Let us turn our own flaws and our judgment of the other’s otherness into our growing edge of respectful discourse and understanding,
leading us to reach for what unifies us in our humanity.
Let us embracing the whole muddied mess with fresh eyes,
and listen carefully and completely
with our hearts and our ears,
catching the wickedness in our mouths,
chewing on it
until it turns slowly to a palatable phrase,
allowing us all to taste new flavors.
And as we breathe in deeply and release
the narrowness, the tightness, the bitterness,
may we be blessed with the grace and spaciousness to
smile
and bear the weight
together.
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