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Tefilat Ha'Derech - Traveler's Prayer for the Road Ahead

Tefilat Ha'Derech - Traveler's Prayer for the Road Ahead

by Miriam Grossman

May it be your will
Our God and God of our ancestors
that you lead us in peace and direct our steps
(our marching,
Rebellious, organized,
queer dance-partying,
prayerful steps)
in peace

and guide us in peace
and support us in just peace
(and in the tearing down of walls,
and in the rising up of peoples),
and cause us to reach our destination in life and joy
and peace
(all of us together, no one left behind).

Save us from every enemy and ambush,
from robbers and wild beasts
(And from tear gas and flash-bags,
and sound cannons
and night sticks and rubber bullets,
from furious hands that reach
towards unarmed bodes).

May You confer blessing upon the work of our hands
(and our movements
and our histories: uplifted, remembered, redeemed).

Grant us grace, kindness, and mercy in Your eyes
and in the eyes of all who witness us,
(Let human bodies be seen as human bodies.)

and bestow upon us abundant kindness
(remind us there is no scarcity of vision, power,
and hearken to the voice of our prayer,
for You hear the prayers of all.

Blessed are You G-d, who hearkens to prayer
(and peace seeking and rabble rousing.
Blessed are we who journey in action and prayer.)


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