A PRAYER FOR VICTIMS OF HAITI EARTHQUAKE (URJ)
May be read following the Torah reading and/or prior to the Mishebeirach blessing on Shabbat
On this Shabbat, we continue telling the saga of our people’s Exodus from Egypt, our journey from slavery to freedom, from servitude to covenant. We recall that moment of deliverance at the Sea of Reeds when we miraculously passed through the waters, yet witnessed the watery death of others. Rather than rejoice at our own survival, we are taught to hear the cries of the victims; God silenced the angels who would celebrate the survival of the Israelites, proclaiming “The work of My hands is drowning in the sea.”
As we gather this Shabbat, we remember the loss of tens of thousands of God’s children killed in the Haitian Earthquake. We pray that the survivors in need of healing might find strength and comfort. We pray that those in search of missing loved ones will be sustained with courage and hope. We pray that those who have lost their homes and livelihoods will have the fortitude to rebuild their lives. Loving and gracious God, who created the earth in all its fullness, grant them comfort, healing and peace. Be their help, in this, their time of need.
As it is written:
There was a great and mighty wind, splitting mountains and shattering rocks by the power of Adonai; but Adonai was not in the wind. After the wind—an earthquake; but Adonai was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake—fire; but Adonai was not in the fire. And after the fire—a still, small voice. (I Kings 19:11-12)
May we be the voice that brings comfort and hope in the midst of the storm.