Tonight, at Temple Beit HaYam in Stuart, Florida, we will recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at our services. Eleven women from our community who have survived breast cancer will be honored. The longest term survivor among them received her diagnosis 39 years ago, the newest survivor was diagnosed seven months ago.
This is the prayer I will offer on the occasion:
In the book of Psalms we read this verse:
“Adonai, my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me.” (Psalms 30:3)
Adonai, we ask you tonight to put your loving arms around women who have endured and who are currently enduring breast cancer. Ease their pain and suffering. Strengthen them to experience their own peace, strength and love of life. From the brokenness they experienced in body, spirit and mind, may they find a wholeness that reminds us all of the ways that we can find wholeness in our lives, even when we feel most shattered.
יהי רצון מלפניך יי אלהינו ואלוהי אמותינו ואבותינו
May it be Your will, Adonai our God and God of our mothers and fathers, that these women who have survived breast cancer live lives of wholeness, courage, integrity and peace. May they inspire us all to do the same. May the day come soon when we find treatment and cure to end this disease and the resolve to make it available to every woman, everywhere. And we say together: Amen.