July 14, 2008

Prayer for healing

Since I have been going to morning minyan every day, I have begun to look more carefully at the prayer service (when I am not racing to keep up). This prayer always particularly strikes me. You fill in the blank with the Hebrew name of someone who you are praying for healing. For this purpose, a person is known as So-and-so, the daughter or son of their mother. For instance, my Hebrew name for a prayer for healing is Yachna Maryam bat Masha Leah.

"Heal us, Adonai, and we shall be healed. Help us and save us, for You are our glory. Grant perfect healing for all our afflictions, and may it be Your will, Adonai our God and God of our ancestors, to send complete healing, of body and soul, to ____________, along with all others who are stricken, and strengthen those who tend to them, for You are the faithful and merciful God of healing. Praised are You Adonai, Healer of His people Israel."

How wonderful that the daily prayer service includes thoughts on the "complete healing of body and soul." For me, someone living with chronic cancer, this daily reminder of the possibility of complete healing resonates strongly.

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