Under the category of Things I Wish I Wrote, here is a Prayer for Egypt written by Alden Solovy. Alden is a talented liturgist, writes fabulous new prayers almost daily and posts them at www.tobendlight.com. Adlen is also an award winning essayist and journalist, having written for daily, weekly and monthly newspapers, as well as magazines, e-newsletters and blogs. His short fiction has been published in the Jewish and secular press. Alden has taught prayer writing classes to adults and teens and occasionally reads his works in performance settings.
G-d of All,
Protector and Redeemer,
Watch over the people of Egypt
As their nation faces struggle and strife
On the journey toward hope and promise.
Grant safety to its citizens and residents,
Visitors and guests,
During moments of unrest.
Grant wisdom and courage to its leaders,
Insight to its advisors,
And understanding to its friends.
Lead them on a path toward justice.
Direct them on the road to freedom.
Guide them on the way to prosperity.
Make them a shining light of peace.
Source and Shelter,
Grant safety and security to all nations,
So that truth and harmony resound
From the four corners of the earth.
Blessed are You, G-d of All,
Forging nations and peoples
In the crucible of change
May this time of challenge for Egypt
Become a blessing for its inhabitants and for the world.
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