Today is February 23, 2019 -
Words of Prayer – And A Time to Take Action
This week as we still are still shocked by the horrible tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, I want to share with you some words of prayer and a simple act to help prevent such horrors in the future.
First a prayer from one of my colleagues, Rabbi Robert Scheinberg:
Dear God, From the mouths of young children may You establish Your power against Your enemies, to silence every foe and avenger. (Psalm 8)
Our children are our guarantors. (Shir HaShirim Rabbah 1:4).
Our hearts break any time we hear of violence afflicting the innocent — all the more so when we hear of the tragic loss of children. Dear God, be with the parents, siblings, and other family members who are mourning an unthinkable tragedy today; send them comfort, light, strength, and peace. Help us to create a world where all children can be safe to grow up and thrive, where we can promise our children that their worst nightmares will never be real. Help us to create a world where troubled people can readily find the solace they seek and can never achieve the power to inflict their torments on others. Our children are our guarantors. May we be worthy to be their protectors.
I ask all of you to respond to the following, as I have, from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs: The violent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a tragic shock to our nation. But it did not have to happen at all. As Jews who believe each life is created in the divine image of God, we are compelled to do all we can to prevent future such massacres. Please sign the petition from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs calling for comprehensive reforms to end gun violence and ensure access to mental health care for all who need it. With a concerted effort from all of us we can demonstrate our community’s resolve against gun violence and avoid a return to complacency. Sign this petition at www.endgunviolencenow.org share it widely, and make it a national priority to end the violence we witnessed in Connecticut.
Finally my own words of prayer:
God, give us the ability and the sensitivity to comfort those who face loss. Be with us and help us create communities of caring. Grant us the gift to live with faith in You despite the torment of unanswerable questions that threaten our belief. Grant us the strength and commitment to use our resources to see that every life, made in Your image, always feels secure and protected.