For Wisdom During Democratic Elections

by Alden Solovy

The citizens of the United States are about to elect a president. Two months later, the citizens of Israel will also go to the polls. And so, I’ll be voting in two national elections. Let us select well. This prayer can be used for any of the world’s democratic nations. Specific selections to customize the prayer for specific nations are shown in brackets.

G-d of Justice,
Protector and Redeemer,
Grant guidance to our nation
As we select leaders
To serve and to govern,
The men and women who promise
To bring prosperity to our land,
The men and women who promise
To protect our homes and secure our borders.

Grant wisdom and courage to voters
To entrust our government to visionaries and statesmen,
To those who will serve our citizens,
And all who reside within our borders,
With honor and integrity
To forge a flourishing and peaceful future.

Bless our [President / Prime Minister / (title of chief executive)] and
The [Congress / Parliament / Knesset / Legislature / (name of legislative body)]
With vision and strength,
Fortitude and insight.
May they lead us to a time
When liberty and equality will
Reign supreme throughout the land.

G-d of Truth,
Source and Shelter,
Grant safety and security to all nations,
So that truth and harmony will resound
From the four corners of the earth.
Let the light of [this / our / U.S. / Israeli / (country name)] democracy
Shine brightly,
A beacon of hope
For every land and every people.

Alden Solovy is a liturgist, poet, teacher, editor and writing coach, as well as an award-winning essayist and journalist. He’s written for daily, weekly and monthly newspapers, magazines, e-newsletters and blogs. His short fiction has been published in the Jewish and secular press.

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