This is a prayer from Rabbi Michele Medwin. Written as she was reflecting on the traditional Mi Sheberach prayer and wanted to adapt it for someone dealing with chronic illness.
Mi Sheberach for Chronic Illness
Eternal God, we ask mercy and compassion
For those who are burdened with chronic illness.
Give them strength and courage
To face the daily challenges in their lives.
Compassionate One, give them and their loved ones hope for the future
And at the same time, acceptance of the present.
Help them find a path towards spiritual wholeness. Be by their side.
Help them to know that You are with them at all times, even in times of doubt.
Source of Healing, comfort them and bring healing to their souls.
Rabbi Michele Medwin.
Mishkan R’fuah: Where Healing Resides. CCAR Press. 2012. p.79
Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, is the Founder and Director of www.jewishsacredaging.com. Rabbi Address served for over three decades on staff of the Union for Reform Judaism; first as a Regional Director and then, beginning in 1997, as Founder and Director of the URJ’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns and served as a specialist and consultant for the North American Reform Movement in the areas of family related programming. Rabbi Address was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1972 and began his rabbinic career in Los Angeles congregations. He also served as a part time rabbi for Beth Hillel in Carmel, NJ while regional director and, after his URJ tenure, served as senior rabbi of Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, NJ from 2011-2014.