Late last year two very dear cousins lost their battles with cancer, Marty Luboviski z”l and Evelyn Waldman z”l. Yet the war can be won. It takes a certain kind of fearlessness to fight the good fight. Marty and Evie had it. So does my friend David Eisenberg, a shining example of courage. This prayer is for all who have emerged on the other side of the battle.
This is from a series of prayers that I’ve written to be said at various stages of the disease. I’m not posting them in sequence of the disease process. I posted “For Cancer Treatment” when my cousins were diagnosed and two Hospice Prayers when hospice care became their next steps. (A third cousin was in hospice care then, but not for cancer.) David’s victory is cause to publish this prayer: for him and everyone fighting this disease. This prayer will appear in my forthcoming book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.
G-d of blessing,
G-d of wholeness,
My cancer treatment has been successful
And my disease is now in remission.
The battle has been long and arduous.
The fight has taken its toll.
I have faced many traumas in this struggle.
I have received many gifts.
As my body and spirit begin to grow stronger,
I turn my energy toward spiritual and emotional renewal.
Thank you for the knowledge, insight and perseverance
Of my physicians, nurses and caregivers
As they worked toward my healing and recovery.
Thank you for the steadfast support of my family and friends.
Thank you for the gift of recovery.
G-d of life,
Grant me strength.
Keep me free of this and any cancer.
Protect my soul and my spirit.
Grant scientists and researchers tools and understanding
To develop new treatments for this disease, speedily, in our days.
Blessed are You,
G-d of gifts and blessings,
G-d of health and healing,
Source of life.
© 2012 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.
Postscript: Other healing prayers include: “For Surgery,” “Upon Recovery from Surgery,” “For a Critically-Ill Child,” “For a Critically-Ill Mother,” “For a Critically Ill Father” and “For Healing the Spirit.” Thanks to the friends and family who assisted with writing the series of cancer prayers. Most asked not to be named. You know who you are. I appreciate your wisdom.