Vayivra Elohim et-ha’adam b’tzalmo, b’tzelem Elohim bara oto.
God created humans in God’s own image, in the image of God created them. (Gen. 1:27)
May the One who created our ancestors in the Divine image, and blessed them with bodies of infinite variety, bless all who are in distress today.
From Divine Wisdom, Chochmah, grant each of us the Wisdom appropriate to our roles: to doctors, give skill; to nurses, give patience and perception, to caretakers of all kinds, give endurance and the wisdom to know when to seek help and where to find it. Amen
From Divine Understanding, Binah, grant us the understanding to see sufferers as they really are, to perceive the Divine Image within them even when it is hard to see. Whatever our own suffering, grant us the understanding that we are not alone, that sometimes it is in comforting another that we can find some comfort. Amen
From Divine Lovingkindness, Chesed, grant us lovingkindness, to listen to troubles as many times as they need to be heard. Amen
From Divine Compassion, Rachamim, grant us compassion for those who are sick in ways we do not fully understand. Give us compassion for those who are ill in ways that frighten or disturb us. And give us compassion for ourselves, when we fail to meet our goals. Amen
From Divine Kingship, Malchut, grant us the self-discipline to do what we need to do to guard and restore our own health. Grant us also restraint in expressing our opinions: give us the humility to accept that sometimes we do not know what is best for others. Amen
From Divine Strength, Givurah, grant us strength to endure what must be endured, to persist in treatment if treatment is prescribed, to support those who are fallen ill with all of our strength, and finally the strength to accept those things which must be accepted. Amen
And from Divine Beauty, Tiferet, grant us the ability to appreciate the beauty in this world, no matter what troubles surround us. Let us walk daily among miracles with our hearts wide open to one another and to You. Amen
May the One who blessed our Ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Leah and Rachel bless all who are sick, all who are troubled in mind, body or spirit, and grant them healing. And we say, AMEN.