By Rabbi Stephanie Crawley
God of Mercy, God of Plague
God of Compassion, God of Righteous Anger
Teach us how to choose
Between the thunder and the dew
Between the match and the tear
Tell us when to pray and when to yell
Shout for the welfare of the government
Fight for the welfare of the government
Not for its own sake
But for ours
Not for the body politic but the body that has been politicized
We pray for the government because we fear it –
But maybe it should fear us
Let today be the day we learn our power.
May the nation merit our protection.
As we assert the ability to choose
How to breathe
How to birth
How to be in a body
How to be.
This prayer was published on the website ritualwell.org in April 2022.