Instead of my usual Shabbat design, I wanted to share the piece I made in memory of the the 17 lives that were lost at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day three years ago: February 14, 2018.
Please join me in taking a moment to remember. Say their names. If you knew one of the people who died, please share a favorite memory. Telling their stories helps keep their legacy alive.
My prayer for this week is dedicated to those who are grieving the loss of someone they love.
A Living Legacy
©Joanne Fink, 2021
Source of Remembrance,
I turn to you in my grief;
my world has been shattered
and I don’t know how to pick up the pieces.
This is SO hard.
I feel shaken and unmoored.
Calm my fears and grant me courage
to face the world without my loved one.
Never let me forget the sound of their voice
or the joy I felt when we were together.
Burn their smile forever in my mind’s eye.
Let the sweet sound of their laughter
continually echo in my heart.
Grant me the ability to remember
the good my loved one did in the world,
and help me strive to embody their best qualities.
May I always honor their life,
celebrate the things they loved,
and keep the flame of memory burning.
May I allow their soul’s light
to shine through me
so I may become their living legacy.
As always, you are welcome to share (with attribution, please).