Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

After the Storm: A Moment of Gratitude

This prayer was written once the late January blizzard of 2011 moved east from Chicago. When tornadoes hit the South several months later, many folks found it again. Here’s a prayer called “After the Tornadoes” and another called “Before the Storm.”

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After the Storm: A Moment of Gratitude
G-d of heaven and earth,
Source of All,
The storm passed,
The tempest moved on.

Thank you for the kinship of neighbors and friends
As we work together to clean up after the squall.
Thank you for providing safety
To my family and friends throughout the gale.
Thank you for the emergency and rescue workers
Who kept watch and risked their lives for our community.
Bless all who were injured with healing and recovery.
Provide food and clothing, warmth and comfort, to all in need.

Blessed are You, our Rock and our Shelter.

© 2011 Alden Solovy and http://www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

Postscript: Several more months have come and gone. Hurricane Irene is now headed up the east coast of the U.S. I’ve updated and revised this prayer as “After Hurricane Irene: Safety After Violent Weather.”

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4 Responses to “After the Storm: A Moment of Gratitude”

  1. stephanie lubin

    Beautiful! Although I wonder if some reference to the power of the supernatural event is missing? The wind, snow, the cold, the thunder, hail, lightning…we are so very powerless of it all.

    Reply
    • tobendlight

      That may be it. Thanks. Via email, another friend suggested: “What may be missing, since you asked, is the request that G-d send speedily on their way and safely to their destinations all who were delayed by the storm.”

      I also wonder how this prayer would sound to someone who lived through the earthquake in Haiti or Hurricane Katrina?

      Reply
  2. Ed

    There is a certain beauty left in the aftermath. The drifts, snow, icicles, etc and a stillness and calm. No traffic, etc all lead us to slow down and contemplate G-d.

    Reply
    • tobendlight

      Ed, I agree. Thanks for the comment. I struggled with what to do with this prayer because “storm” encompasses everything from a blizzard to a hurricane to a tornado. The aftermath can be very different. I tend toward making these prayers universal and adaptable.

      Reply

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