For Terror Survivors

Alden Solovy
the 9/11 memorial

God of the survivor,
God of the mourner and the witness,
Grant solace and peace to those still held by physical, emotional, and spiritual distress from acts of terror.

[We remember now those who are suffering from trauma after ___________ (add name of event, such as Newton massacre, Boston Marathon bombings, 9/11 attacks, etc.)].

Release them from visions of death and destruction.
Release them from guilt or shame, from fear or anger.
Bind their wounds with Your steadfast love.
Lift them on Your wings of kindness and grace.

Blessed are those who have found peace.

Blessed are those without tranquility.

Blessed are those who speak.

Blessed are those who stay silent.

Blessed are those who have healed.

Blessed are those who suffer.

Blessed are those who forgive.

Blessed are those who cannot forgive.

Blessed are You, God of healing, Source of strength for survivors of violence and tragedy in every land and in every age.
Blessed are You, Source of hope and comfort.

Alden Solovy is a liturgist, poet, teacher, editor and writing coach, as well as an award-winning essayist and journalist. He's written for the secular and Jewish Press. Before making aliyah, Alden was a member of Beth Emet-The Free Synagogue, Evanston, Ill., and a regular participant in worship at BJBE, Deerfield, Ill. His work will appear in the forthcoming CCAR Press book, Mishkan R'fuah: Where Healing Resides.

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