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Healing the worldAbout eight years ago I had the pleasure of writing about the Jewish Healing Movement in my first book, Faith Beyond Faith Healing: Finding Hope After Shattered Dreams. The JHM draws on the rich tradition of Jewish prayer and ritual to create eclectic and creative healing services and prayers.

When I was reporting the book, Rabbi Eric Weiss of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center in San Francisco, sent me a prayer card that contained the Mi Sheberakh:

May the One who blessed our ancestors –

Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah,

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

bless and heal the one who is ill:

___________, daughter (or son) of ________________

 

May the Holy One, the fount of blessings,

shower abundant mercies upon her (him),

fulfilling her (his) dreams of healing,

strengthening her (him) with the power of life.

 

Merciful One:

restore her (him),

heal her (him),

strengthen her (him),

enliven her (him).

 

Send her (him) a complete healing

from the heavenly realms,

a healing of body and soul,

together with all who are ill,

soon, speedily, without delay;

and let us say:

Amen!

I believe that all of the world’s religious traditions have wisdom and value. I do not believe any single faith has cornered the market on anything. For that reason, I am open to borrowing prayers from all traditions and I hope I will not offend anyone when I describe how I adapted this prayer to my own prayer bead practice. I say it on my Anglican rosary for my mom, who, as I have written before, is in the hospital with a broken hip, possibly caused by cancer. Here is how I say it:

On the Cross:

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

On the Invitatory Bead:

May the One who blessed our ancestors –

Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah,

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

bless and heal the one who is ill:

Diann, daughter of Katharine.

On the Cruciform Beads:

May the Holy One, the fount of blessings,

shower abundant mercies upon her,

fulfilling her dreams of healing,

strengthening her with the power of life.

On the Weeks Beads (repeat once on each bead):

Merciful One:

restore her,

heal her,

strengthen her,

enliven her.

(Say three rounds of the rosary, then, after the last round, return to the Invitatory Bead and repeat:)

 

Send her a complete healing

from the heavenly realms,

a healing of body and soul,

together with all who are ill,

soon, speedily, without delay;

and let us say:

Amen!

(Return to the Cross and say the Lord’s Prayer or any other prayer of your choice).

 

I said this simple prayer for my mother yesterday as I walked along the creek in our town. I especially liked saying the prayer for the weeks bead because it was easily memorized and its brevity matched the rhythm of my steps. This prayer is very direct – no extra language. I am grateful that members of the JHM are willing to share it with all who are in need of it.

If you would like more information on the Jewish Healing Movement, visit the website of the National Center for Jewish Healing. You can check its directory for a center near you.

 

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On Friday (Feb 1), I received some bad news. My mother, who is 63, had broken a hip and fallen – in that order – while out with my stepfather and his parents. An x-ray at the emergency room appeared to show a tumor on her bone that had worn away the joint, causing the break. On Saturday morning, the orthopedist told my parents he thought the tumor was cancerous. As I write this, my mom is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday.

As I often do in times of stress, I pick up my prayer beads and let the repetition of the prayers and the slip of the glass through my fingers soothe me. For my mom, I have compiled some prayers for healing that I will say daily on my Anglican rosary. I hope others praying for the sick will find it useful, too:

On the cross:

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

On the invitatory bead:

Almighty God our heavenly father, graciously comfort your servant, Diann, in her suffering and bless the means made use of for her cure. Fill her heart with confidence that, though at times she may be afraid, she may put her trust in you.

On the cruciform beads:

God of the present moment,

God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart;

Bring hope and courage to Diann as she waits in uncertainty.

On the weeks beads:

Deep peace of the spirit to you

Peace of the air flowing out to you

Peace of God growing strong within you

I drew the prayers from The Book of Common Prayer, A Holy Island Prayer Book and the prayerbook of The Anglican Church of New Zealand. You may also adapt it for the Catholic rosary by saying the weeks prayers on the decade beads, the cruciform prayers on the Our Father beads and the invitatory prayer on the first of the Hail Mary beads on the stem and saying two prayers of your choice on the second and third Hail Mary beads.

As I write this, I am still in shock. My mother had breast cancer in 1998 and thyroid cancer in 2000. This could be a recurrence or a third cancer. I am planning to fly to Houston tomorrow to be there for her surgery. I’ll try and post more from there.

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