Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A prayer for President Obama

May President Barack Obama be blessed with knowledge, understanding, and discernment. May he surround himself with good advisers. May he lead the United States of America into a new era of peace, reserving shows of strength for times when they are necessary only. May he guide the Congress into considering legislation that will help bring sufficient and affordable sustenance and housing, education, childcare, healthcare and retirement funding to all Americans. May he be successful in his efforts to repair the economy, preserve the environment, and develop sustainable energy resources for all. May he lead this country with wisdom and compassion, and be a true servant of the people.


Blogger Elie said...

Ha! Great minds think alike, I see!

Wed Jan 21, 11:54:00 AM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Indeed. :) I like the prayer that you posted.

According to the Birnbaum siddur (prayer book), page 379-380, "The custom to pray for the welfare of the government is based on Jeremiah 29:7 ("Seek the welfare of the country where I have sent your into exile; pray to the Lord for it, for your welfare depends on its welfare")."

Personally I think it's always a good idea to pray for the government, because the government can use all the help it can get. :)

I actually based part of my prayer on the brachot (blessings) of the weekday Amidah. "Chaneinu mei-itcha deiah, binah, v-haskel, Grant us knowledge, understanding, and insight." (Birnbaum's translation.) And, from a later brachah (blessing): "Hashivah shofteinu k-varishah, v'yoatzeinu k-vat'chilah, Restore our judges as at first, and our counselors as at the beginning."

Wed Jan 21, 03:19:00 PM 2009  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

"k-varishah" should read "k-varishonah."

Wed Jan 21, 03:21:00 PM 2009  

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