Prayer for Country Anticipating the Election, based on Parshat Lech Lecha

As we prepare for the election – with all of its anger, intensity, uncertainty, upset – all amidst the pandemic with its rising waves of […]

As we prepare for the election – with all of its anger, intensity, uncertainty, upset – all amidst the pandemic with its rising waves of illness and constant pain of racial, social and economic inequalities – this is an anxious time to say the least. 

Based on a teaching of Rabbi Yonaton Cohen, I wrote a prayer to help ground myself and our community in the teachings of tradition, inspired by the acts of our Abraham and Sarah:

Dear God,

Help us learn from Abraham and Sarah that faith begins with action. As they responded to the call Lech Lecha – Get up and Go (literally Go to Yourself) may we respond to this moment with integrity and activism, walking in their footsteps.  May our actions be guided by care for all.  As Abraham responded to the distress of his nephew Lot being kidnapped by going to rescue him – may we act with determination and passion on behalf of those in need and doing what is right in the coming days. May we channel Abraham’s sense of responsibility – knowing that our actions can tip the balance in new directions.

Help us learn from Abraham and Sarah’s patience and moments when their faith was tested.  God offers no immediate responses or miraculous remedies to Abraham and Sarah’s desire for a child. While painstakingly waiting for the promise of the birth of a child to be fulfilled, Abraham and Sarah’s faith is tested again and again.  May we learn from their patience and moments when their faith was tested.  There is a good chance that we will not know the results of this election – possibly for some time. In the uncertainty of the days to come, help us hold onto Abraham and Sarah – understanding that resolution is not immediate. Help us to tolerate uncertainty and hold onto to one another. As we think of the tests Abraham and Sarah endured, may we pull from their resilience, courage, and strength.

As we feel weary, anxious and upset, help us remember your first commandment to Abraham – Heye BrachaBe a Blessing. Let us approach these coming days with those words guiding our actions.

Dear God, who was present for our Abraham and Sarah – be with us during these days. May Abraham and Sarah’s willingness to act, their patience, fortitude and understanding of their sacred purpose guide us in the days and weeks ahead.