Blessing for Bikur Cholim Volunteers
Below is an original prayer composed for the closing of the 14th Annual Bikur Cholim Conference, NYC, by Rabbi Sara ODonnell Adler, MetroWest Jewish Health and Healing Center. November 18, 2001. [See also, more BCCC prayers for visitors.]
Eloheinu VElohei Avoteinu VImoteinu,
God of our ancestors,
We are grateful to You for having given us
The opportunity to gather today in peace and safety
To explore, share and nurture our ideas and our dreams
Of caring for a broken world.
We thank You for wisdom, for the experiences of others,
And for the anticipation of greeting new challenges.
We thank You for giving us the mitzvah of bikkur cholim,
For giving us hands for reaching and hearts for listening.
We thank You for giving us eyes that gaze into others souls,
And we thank You for the presence of Your Shechinah
That hovers in the many places we visit.
Elohei HaShamayim, Most High G-d,
Shine forth Your blessing to the community
Of caregivers gathered here today.
Give us courage and renewed energy
During these challenging times
To do our holy work of caring in good faith.
Make us worthy to look upon every sufferer
With clear eyes and open hearts. May we be
Agents of compassion, representatives of hope,
Messengers of laughter and light.
May our own lives be blessed with wellness and security
So that we may continue to bring to others the gift of ourselves.
And let us say: Amen.
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