Arriving in downtown Cincinnati last evening for a concert, I was very moved by the long line of people wrapped around the block, waiting for hours to vote at the Board of Elections. The sight somehow reminded me of this prayer that I came across last week by Rabbi David Seidenberg. I particularly like this prayer because it looks beyond a specific outcome to the larger concerns appropriate to all people of faith, but it also remains grounded in daily living by inviting commitment to a specific action for transformation for the good of all.
With my vote today, I am prepared and intending
to seek peace for this country, as it is written (Jer. 29:7):
“Seek out the peace of the city where I cause you to roam
and pray for her sake to God YHVH, for in her peace you all will have peace.”
May it be Your will that votes will be counted faithfully,
and may You account my vote as if I had fulfilled this verse with all my power.
May it be good in Your eyes to give a wise heart to whomever we elect today
and may You raise for us a government whose rule is for good and blessing,
to bring justice and peace to all the inhabitants of the world.
Just as I participated in elections today,
so may I merit to do good works and to repair the world with all my actions,
and with the act of…[fill in your pledge]…which I pledge to do today
on behalf of all living creatures
and in remembrance of the covenant of Noah’s waters
to protect and to not destroy the earth and her plenitude.
May You give to all the peoples of this country the strength and the will
to pursue righteousness and to seek peace as a unified force
in order to cause to flourish, throughout the world, good life and peace,
and may You fulfill for us the verse (Ps. 90:17):
“May the pleasure of Adonai our God be upon us, and establish
the work of our hands for us; may the work of our hands endure.”
Photo courtesy of California League of Women Voters, via Flickr under a Creative Commons license.