Monday, March 12, 2007

Prayer of healing

Mi sheberakh avoteinu mekor habrakha l’imoteinu
May the Source of strength
Who blessed the ones before us
Help us find the courage
To make our lives a blessing,
And let us say: Amen.
Mi sheberakh imoteinu mekor habrakha l’avoteinu
Bless those in need of healing With refuah shleima:
The renewal of body,
The renewal of spirit,
And let us say: Amen

Born in Germany, she survived Hitler's regime. Her family lost everything--relatives and possessions. She escaped Nazi Germany and headed to a land she had never seen. It was here in the States that she married (another who fled Germany) and raised a family.

When I first heard her story, when dh and I were first dating, I told him, "We need to name a baby after her." We're Ashkenazi Jews and it's actually not our tradition to name after the living, but there was never any doubt that we needed to make an exception. Girl2 is named in her honor.

Now we're losing her. We don't know how much time dh's grandmother has left. After years of struggling with the hell that is Alzheimer's, she has taken a turn for the worse. She's in the hospital. She's DNR. Please keep her and dh's entire family in your thoughts and prayers.

1 comment:

Pam said...

Thoughts and prayers to you. That is a favorite prayer of mine that Debbie Friedman does... may it bring healing.