Dark is the world for me
for all its cities and stars.
If not for the certainty that God listens to our cry,
who could stand so much misery,
so much callousness?
(Abraham Joshua Heschel, from I Asked for Wonder, ed. Samuel H. Dresner
Adonai, bless me with courage
Help me gain strength from You
Life has a way of handing us surprises
That take an amazing amount of courage to overcome
Create in me a clear and steady focus
A heart that is filled with the awareness that
Adonai is with me
On the sunniest day and in the darkest night
I will be whatever life demands of me
Courage is my knowledge of You.
Anita Rosenberg, from WRJ's Covenant of the Soul
It has become more difficult
To face each day.
Tears well up in my eyes
My heart aches
I feel empty…alone…lost in darkness
I stand at the precipice of my future…
The path behind me seems to have disappeared
and the road before me
I feel I can't traverse it safely.
Give me strength to find the light.
I am grateful for the love of family and friends
Who embrace me
In my despair.
Help me to feel your love.
Instill in me the lifeline of our people
Let me grasp onto it with strong hands
Let my grip not loosen.
May I feel the support of those who surround me
To Your loving hands I commit my spirit—
When asleep and awake.
You are with me; I shall not fear.
Help me, O God, in my time of need.