As revolution rocks Northern Africa and the Middle East, we pray for peace, justice and an end of oppression. Related prayers include: “For Egypt,” “For Peace in the Middle East” and “Israel: A Meditation.” To listen while you read, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.
G-d of the oppressed,
G-d of the subjugated and exploited,
The voice of freedom echoes across the land,
A hunger for liberation
And an end to the reign of tyrants.
Beaten and abused,
Dominated and forgotten,
Rise up to face the despot
Risking life and limb
In the name of the future,
With the dream of emancipation.
Source of mercy,
Rock of generations,
You have led people to deliverance in every age.
Bless those who struggle against cruelty and oppression.
Grant them courage and fortitude,
Safety and strength.
May their purpose remain righteous
And their vision focused on peace.
Bring an end to the rule of dictators in every land.
Release the hand of cruelty and evil.
Thwart the hand of brutality and slaughter.
Grant a swift end to violence,
So that renewal and rebuilding can begin
And hope renewed.
Bless a new government with wisdom and compassion
To give meaning to the uprising and suffering.
Let honorable nations lend skill and resources
To the leaders who emerge from this struggle.
Blessed are You, G-d of All,
Who summons us to free the captive,
And oppose the reign of tyrants.
© 2011 Alden Solovy and http://www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.
Postscript: I wrote this prayer this afternoon and decided to post it right away, rather than wait to polish the language. Related prayers include: “For Egypt,” “For Peace in the Middle East” and “Israel: A Meditation.” Other prayers from the “Against…” series include: “Against Human Trafficking” and “Against Poverty.”
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