On November 4, 2020, Americans woke up to an uncertain outcome of the U.S. presidential election. People across the political spectrum are experiencing a roller coaster of confusion, fear, and hope. In response to this difficult moment, Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar shares “Grace in the Wilderness,” a prayer for national healing.
Grace in the Wilderness
God, creator of light and goodness,
may we find grace in the wilderness. (Based on Jeremiah 31:2)
Help this great nation emerge from chaos and fear to
healing and tranquility.
We ask our leaders to act with insight and honor,
to carry authority with humility and compassion.
Righteousness exalts a nation. (Proverbs 14:34)
And as for me, Holy One of Blessing,
may this be my prayer:
Still my troubled being,
for I yearn to emerge from darkness and confusion.
Lift me, carry me, set me upon a rock
that I may feel safe within the storm.
I have sat in the valley of tears long enough. (Based on L’chah Dodi)
Strengthen my resolve that I may be a force for good,
a light when there is darkness.
Help me be guided by acts of love and kindness,
compassion and understanding.
May I find the way to transcend my inclination for strife
and be a bearer of hope and righteousness.
Though I have fallen, I rise again;
though I sit in darkness, God is my light. (Micah 7:8)
Guide me, comfort me, grant me strength.
May this be my prayer.
—Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar, November 2020
Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar is Senior Rabbi at Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield, IL. She is the author of Amen: Seeking Presence with Prayer, Poetry, and Mindfulness Practice and Omer: A Counting, both published by CCAR Press.