Another New Year, Another Prayer: Shalom in 5782

HaShem, our souls are crying out.
We continue to know pain and uncertainty.
The traumas of 5780 and 5781 still linger.
Now, more than ever, we need to know Your Mercy …
We have felt the pain of restrictions.
We live with the uncertainty of life filled with senseless death.
We have been traumatized deeply and repeatedly.
We wonder why we seem to have been forgotten by You …
The pain and restrictions continue.
The uncertainty changes its nature, growing even worse.
New traumas compound the old ones,
And the weight seems at times to be unbearable …
Just as Rosh Hashanah is a new year beginning,
We, too, require a new start, another chance.
This cloak of darkness casts shadows,
Illuminate our days as You did days of old …
Creator of All, hold us gently,
Guide us with Your steady hand,
Lead us past this modern plague,
Show us a brighter future …
Rock and Redeemer, please lift us,
Look upon us favorably and graciously.
Remove the darkness of this endless night,
And Bless us, dear G-d, Bless us and grant us peace …

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