“We Remember” – A Prayer of Comfort

The sadness of Saturday’s massacre at Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, PA brought to mind a beautiful Hebrew prayer from the Yiskor memorial service from the Yom Kippur prayer book to comfort the mourners and the other members of the congregation.

Tragically, as individuals and diverse communities we have been faced with experiencing grief and reflecting the loss of life from hate and violence. I hope the following prayer will bring comfort to each of our sorrow-filled hearts. Please share this prayer with others, as my family and I have done throughout the years.

We Remember
In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
We remember them
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We remember them
In the opening buds and in the rebirth of spring,
We remember them
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
We remember them
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
We remember them
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them
When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember them
When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them
When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them
So long as we live, they too shall live,
They are now and always will be a part of us,
As we remember them.

In our Daily Herald Newspaper, this morning, the following quote from Rabbi Sari Bellows from  Congregation Beth Am in Buffalo Grove, IL, aptly and beautifully applied to to all the tragedies and losses in our homes, communities, country, and around the world:
“From our brokenness may the world be made whole. May the brokenness that we feel begin to heal… It is through the cracks where the light shines.” 


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