Finding comfort in two religions

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Last Friday, I stood at the back of a fishing boat and sang two songs into the wake.

We had just had a memorial service for a family member—the second in a month.  Both cousins, on my husband’s side.

The three children on the boat were doing laps around the deck, and I had positioned myself in the one place where no other adult eyes could reach.

The family sadness.  The world’s violence and pain and fear. The weight of this chaotic summer was on me, and I reached for comfort in two languages of prayer.

The songs I sing for comfort reflect the duality of my experience. One is Jewish, primarily in Hebrew; the other Christian. And yet, both have the power to soothe me.

Here they are (with links):

The Mi Shebeirach healing prayer sung by Debbie Friedman

Balm in Gilead sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock

So now, your turn. Where do you find comfort?

2 thoughts on “Finding comfort in two religions

  1. I’m so sorry for your personal losses.

    I too love the Mi Shebeirach and there are so many tunes from which to choose. I also find Psalm 27:10 extremely comforting and the poem, The Lake Isle of Innisfree by Yeats.

    I very much find communal prayer to be comforting. I love the unity of voices chanting both in Hebrew and English.

    And of course, the hugs and soothing voices of my loved ones brings me comfort.

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