This prayer did not come off as planned. I intended to write a prayer/poem in praise of the soul. The result, instead, is a lovely prayer for healing the soul directed toward a specific individual. Options for focusing this prayer appear in [brackets]. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows. This prayer will appear in my forthcoming book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.
G-d of the spirit,
G-d of the soul, the breath and the wind,
Look with kindness and favor on ___________________________,
[Add a name in Hebrew or your native tongue]
My [father /mother / sister / brother / son / daughter / friend / husband / wife / partner]
Whose heart aches,
Crushed and fallow,
Whose heart yearns,
Empty and broken.
G-d of the nefesh, ruach and neshama,
Guide his / her soul
Back to wonder and mystery,
Sacred moments and glorious days,
So that he /she knows the power of Your love
And the wisdom of Your word.
May his / her soul shine,
A light and blessing
For our people Israel.
© 2011 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.
Postscript: Other prayers for healing include: “For Surgery,” “Upon Recover from Surgery,” “For a Critically Ill Mother,” “For a Critically Ill Child,” “For a Critically Ill Father” and “For Healing the Spirit.”