Prayer for Friday

When eating bamboo sprouts,
remember the man who planted them.
~ Chinese Proverb

Though our mouths were full of song as the sea,
and our tongues of exultation as the multitude of its waves,
and our lips of praise as the wide-extended firmament;
though our eyes shone with light like the sun and the moon,
and our hands were spread forth like the eagles of heaven,
and our feet were swift as hinds,
we should still be unable to thank thee and bless thy name,
O Lord our God and God of our fathers,
for one thousandth or one ten thousandth part of the bounties
which thou has bestowed upon our fathers and upon us.

(Nishmat, Hebrew Prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am grateful for all that I experience in this lifetime.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Monday (Shavuot)

The Jewish holiday of Shavuot ends today at sunset.

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
~ Albert Einstein

For A New Vision

With new vision
We see the abundance of Your world,
Blessings of heaven and earth.

G-d, help us to see the world through Your eyes,
And each other,
And ourselves.
For joy and peace,
For love and light,
That we may bring holiness into Your world.

Blessed are You, Adonai,
G-d of all worlds,
Who creates moments when heaven touches earth,
Allowing us to hear Your word,
To feel Your radiance
And to see Your divine light.

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This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am happy and grateful for everything I have and receive daily.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Saturday (Shavuot)

The Jewish holiday of Shavuot begins at sundown today.

Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
~ Rossiter Worthington Raymond

Mourner’s Kaddish*

Glorified and sanctified be God’s great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.

May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.

Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us
and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

(Source: Orthodox Union website)

* Kaddish is not a prayer for the deceased. Nowhere in Kaddish is the name of the deceased mentioned and there is no mention of death, loss or mourning. With the saying of the Kaddish prayer, the mourner both affirms his faith in God and calls on the community to join him in affirming his statement. When a mourner publicly inspires other Jews to affirm their faith in God, this greatly benefits the soul of the departed. A Rabbi should be consulted as to the proper time and place to say Kaddish which requires a Minyan (a quorum of ten adult male Jews.)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I trust in the process of life.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Thursday (Lag B’Omer)

Today is the Jewish minor holiday of Lag B’Omer, commemorating a break in the plague during the lifetime of Rabbi Akiva.

Bread for myself is a material question.
Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.
~ Nicholas Berdyaev

May the One Who blessed our ancestors be present to those who provide help for the ill and troubled among us. May they be filled with the fortitude and courage, endowed with sympathy and compassion, as they give strength to those at their side. May they fight against despair, and continue to find within themselves the will to reach out to those in need. And in their love of others, may they know the blessing of community, and the blessing of renewed faith.

(Jewish prayer for Caregivers)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I accept people as they are.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Thursday (Yom HaShoah)

Today is the Jewish holy day of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

By cultivating the beautiful we scatter the seeds of heavenly flowers,
as by doing good we cultivate those that belong to humanity.
~ Robert A. Heinlein

Lord, remember not only the men of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted upon us. Remember rather the fruits we have brought, thanks to this suffering: our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, the courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown out of this. And when they come to judgment, let all the fruits we have borne be their forgiveness.

(Found on a scrap of paper at the liberation of Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in Germany)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My life is filled with awesome beauty and awesome joy.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Saturday (Pesach)

The L-RD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my G-d is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my saviour — from violent men you save me.
I call to the L-RD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
The waves of death swirled about me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called to the L-RD; I called out to my G-d.
From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came to his ears.

He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes,
who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the L-RD was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.

(II Samuel 2-7, 17-20, [NIV])

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am open and accepting of others.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Prayer for Friday

God, hear my prayer,
And let my cry come to You.
Do not hide from me in the day of my distress
Turn to me and speedily answer my prayer.
Eternal God, Source of healing,
Out of my distress I call upon You.
Help me sense Your presence
At this difficult time.
Grant me patience when the hours are heavy;
In hurt or disappointment give me courage.
Keep me trustful in Your love.
Give me strength for today, and hope for tomorrow.
To your loving hands I commit my spirit
When asleep and when awake. You are with me; I shall not fear.

(S. Kay; Source: Holistic-online.com)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am a source of love and inspiration for my family and friends.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)