Prayer WallPost a Prayer
Inspired by the Jewish custom of placing notes in the Western Wall in Jerusalem, this wall is intended to be a sacred space for the sharing of personal prayers. You are welcome to post as many prayers as you like. We also hope that reading others’ thoughts will put you in the mindset of prayer.
Prayerful wonder: how could life in this grand and glorious world be worthy of its beauty and mystery if who we are is of little consequence? We need this awareness. Created in God's image, who we are matters. What we do matters. How we do it matters, too.
Ours is a tradition rooted in marking off the weeks, the months, the seasons, and the years. Judaism is a religion of time. We experience God in time not object, in history not place. We identify sacred time and ordinary time, living in concentric calendars of culture, religious values, public dates and personal occasions. As we begin the secular year 2014, may we know that time is the first and ultimate gift we receive. We measure time in order to give it meaning. That’s our responsibility, to bring meaning to the experiences of our lives. May 2014 be a time of meaning, goodness, and peace.
May this winter season be made warm through our caring, community connections, and hopes for each next day's goodness. Amen.
Feeling genuine compassion and sadness, all of us cry out for the storm victims in the Philippines, for their lives, their well being, their property, and for the flooded, decimated cities where they live. God, be with them in the rebuilding of their lives and communities, their bodies and souls. Reeling from water and wind, death and destruction may there be comfort as possible and support as necessary in confronting such great loss. Amen.
We give thanks for the great wonder of God’s creation, for the earth, the stars, the sun and the moon, and for the beauty of your universe with which we are blessed. We are thankful our lives, for the brilliant moments of joy which allow us to soar as the birds, and even for the anguish and pain which somehow seem to precipitate inner growth and change. For all these things, God, we are grateful. Especially, we give thanks for being human beings, blessed, among all the fruits of God’s creation, with minds to reason and seek truth and justice; with souls which can feel pain, ecstasy and compassion, and for the freedom to choose life and goodness over cruelty and destruction; and for our hearts which can love and care and reach out to touch the hearts of our brothers and sisters as together we walk through the years of our lives. -Siddur Vetaher Libenu, adapted
We pray that the State of Israel, the dawn of our people's redemption, experience security and peace. May the light of our tradition's ideals guide Israel's people and leaders. May those who defend our people's historic homeland find strength, courage, and humanity in their task. May Israel and her neighbors know peace. Amen.
May we see on every day what we usually don't. May we find the goodness and purpose we seek in our daily efforts. May God's presence sustain us when we struggle and humble us when we rejoice. What we miss today, may we see tomorrow.
Joined in community on Shabbat, we come before God’s presence in prayer and reflection, and for celebration. We seek joy and goodness, as we bring to mind the circumstances of our lives and the condition of our world.
We know that our happiness is greater when shared with others. Our troubles seem smaller when shared with others, as well. May we never be too selfish to give, nor too proud to receive, for in giving and receiving we discover God.
Celebrating Shabbat motivates us to fill our days with deeper awareness and gratitude, thankful for the blessings of our lives and grateful for the challenges we face.
We pray for common sense and decency, for goodness and dignity.
I pray to be able overcome disappointment. I pray to accomplish something new. I'm thankful to family and friends for their support, and grateful to God for the promise of a new beginning at this Passover season. Amen.