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A Christian Amidah*
A Joyous Affirmation of
Thomas F. Fischer, M.Div., M.S.A.
- God, our ancestors worshiped You. As Abraham and Sarah,
Rebecca and Isaac, Rachel, Leah and Jacob stood in awe
before you, we, too, reach for You. You are infinite,
awesome, transcendent. You are the source of all that
lives. We, their distant descendants, draw strength from
the way in which their lives were shaped and strengthened
by You. We praise You, God, Guardian of Abraham.
- Your power sustains the universe. Your breath brings that
which is dead to life. You care for those who live with
unending compassion. Your limitless love guarantees us
that life will triumph over death, Your will triumphs our
will, Your plan supercedes our plan, Your healing
overpowers sickness. Your love upholds the exhausted,
frees the enslaved, and keeps unending hope alive in Your
control in all our lives. You are sacred, even as You are
mysterious. Those who seek Your holiness worship you with
their entire lives and being. We praise You, God, the
Ultimate Sacred Mystery.
- Help us find our way back to Your Truth again and again,
and to obey You with trusting faith and receive wholeness
and healing in Your presence. We praise You, God, for You
are always ready to help us start again and again and
again anew in Your grace.
- Forgive our failures with a parents love, overlook
our shortcomings with regal generosity, for You are
gentle and gracious. How can we but praise You, God of
mercy, love, grace, and forgiveness!
- Lord, look on our suffering, hide us under your wings in
struggles, and save us soon. We praise You, God, our
peoples only sure Hope of Redemption.
- Send true healing for all our pains. Heal us, O God, the
Source of all healing, keep us in health. We praise You,
God, from whom all healing comes.
- May our ancient sense of justice be renewed, our classic
sources of wisdom recovered. May sorrow and sighing
vanish from our midst. May Your tenderness and pity,
justice and compassion always govern our lives. We praise
You, God of kindness and justice.
- May malice, and ill wish perish quickly, may strife,
enmity and hatred cease. Cause all arrogance to wither
away quickly. We praise You, God. Cause Your awesome
power to triumph resoundingly over evil.
- Let Your love shine once more on Your holy people. Dwell
among them with Your presence even as You filled the
Temple with Your presence in the day of Solomon. We
praise You, God, whose loving presence permeates creation
and even our entire being.
- When we cry out, hear us with compassion; gently take our
prayers and lovingly listen as we reach toward You with
love and hope. Do not send us away empty. We praise You,
God, who cherishes prayer.
- You are our God today as You were our ancestors God
through all the ages. You are the Firm Foundation of our
lives; we are simply Yours in gratitude and love. Our
lives are safe in Your hand and so we entrust our souls
to Your care. Restore and heighten our sense of wonder
and our praise of your miracles and kindness at dawn,
dusk, midnight, and noon. We praise You, O Gentle One.
- You are compassionate, Your love is eternal. Let all the
living confront You with thankfulness, delight and truth.
We praise You, God. You are the touchstone of grace and
- O God, give peace and serenity to Your chosen people.
Give love and mercy, life and goodness, to all. Consider
us kindly and graciously, blessing us with tranquility in
all times and in every season.
- God, we praise You, for Your greatest blessing...is
* Freely adapted by Thomas F. Fischer
from Rabbi Andre Ungars English rendering of the Siddur
Sim Shalom of the Rabbinical Assembly, edited by
Rabbi Jules Harlow. Source: Harold Kushner, To Life: A
Celebration of Jewish Being and Thinking. Boston:
Little, Brown, and Company, 1993, pp. 175-180.
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