in the light of day
darkness was revealed.
We are in shock. Stupefied. Angry.
If the heart of every living being is good,
and if the soul you have given us is pure,
how does evil appear?
Hear our prayer!
Help us to have faith when there is doubt.
Bring healing to those in pain.
Comfort us in our grief.
Give us courage in our confusion.
Grant us strength
to look straight into the darkness,
defiant and determined
to pursue peace and establish safety
in our fractured world.
Oseh shalom bimromav
You who make peace in the high heavens
Help us find the way to make peace here on earth.
Rabbi Karyn Kedar is senior rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield, IL.