Against Domestic Insurrection

Oh, my people,
What have we become as a nation,
And what will we become,
In the wake of violence and insurrection,
In the face of armed assault against our democracy.
Rioting. Criminality. Attempted coup.
Domestic terror fomented
By the lies, fear, and anger of a President.
Death in the Capitol.
This doesn’t happen in the United States.
But it did.
And it can again.

Woe to the land that teeters on the brink of fascism.
Woe to the people who stay silent.
Woe to the politician who cannot stand against this outrage.
Woe to us all as the tide of history turns against our Republic.

Shame on those who have hardened their hearts,
Shut their eyes,
Closed their minds,
And empowered those who
Attempt to banish justice
And free elections from our midst,
Those bring swords and guns
Against our sovereign land.

Source and Shelter,
Grant safety and security
To the people and democracy of the United States of America.
Protect us from violence, rebellion, intimidation,
And attempts to seize our government.
Save us from domestic terror.
Save us from leaders who cannot say no to attacks
On our legacy and our future.

God of nations and history,
Let truth and justice resound
To the four corners of the earth.
Let the light of freedom
Shine brightly in the halls of power,
As a beacon of hope
For every land and every people.

Against Domestic Insurrection” is © 2021 Alden Solovy and tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.

About the Author
Alden Solovy is the Liturgist-in-Residence at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. A liturgist, poet, and educator, his teaching spans from Jerusalem to the UK to synagogues throughout North America. He's the author of five books of modern t'fillot, having written nearly 850 pieces of liturgy. His new book, "This Precious Life: Encountering the Divine with Poetry and Prayer," scheduled for release later this year, is the final installment in his 'Grateful, Joyous, Precious' trilogy. His work is anthologized in 15 volumes of prayers and meditations Alden made aliyah in 2012. Read his work at www.ToBendLight.com.
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