Pastoral Care

pastoral/spiritual care

Yom Kippur

Jews all over the world mark the holy day of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  It is on this day that observant Jews abstain from eating or drinking, and focus on asking God’s forgiveness for the sins of the past year, entreating the Almighty to include them in the Book of Life for another year.  All of us find ourselves in need of forgiveness, and acknowledging our sins and desire for God’s mercy is a good practice for us, regardless of our faith tradition.  The following is a Yom Kippur prayer, written by Rabbi Michael Lerner:

For these sins we ask the Force of Healing and Transformation to give us the strength to forgive ourselves and each other.
For the sins we have committed by not forgiving our parents for the wrongs they committed against us when we were children;
And for the sin of having too little compassion or too little respect for our parents or for our children;
For the sin of cooperating with self-destructive behavior in others or in ourselves;
And for the sin of not supporting each other as we attempt to change;
For the sin of not seeing the spark of divinity within each person we encounter or within ourselves;
And for the sin of not learning from and giving adequate respect and care to our elders and to our teachers;
For the sin of being jealous and trying to possess and control those whom we love;
And for the sin of being judgmental;
For the sin of withholding love and support;
And for the sin of doubting our ability to love and get love from others;
For the sin of insisting that everything we do have a payoff;
And for the sin of not allowing ourselves to play;
For the sin of not giving our partners and friends the love and support they need to feel safe and to flourish;
And for the sin of being too frightened to give others unconditional love.
For these sins we ask the Force of Healing and Transformation to give us the strength to forgive ourselves and each other.

Amen.

 
 
 

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