Wednesday, September 11, 2013

We Remember Them...

In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them
In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we remember them
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them
In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them
When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them
When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them
When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them
So long as we live they too shall live, for they are now a part of us as we remember them
Text by Rabbis Sylvan Kamens and Jack Riemer from Gates of Prayer, R.B. Gittelsohn

When I first came across this prayer, I had recently miscarried and so the words immediately brought my mind to my lost baby.  But the truth is, this poem could refer equally to any loved one that has been lost.  My grandfather.  My uncle.  My great aunts and uncles and family friends...

We also remember the first responders and emergency personnel who bravely sacrificed their safety and lost their lives 12 years ago in an attempt to serve, protect and save others.  These fallen heroes will always be remembered with great respect and sincere gratitude for their endless bravery and for the sacrifices they made for their fellow Americans.


  1. I love this. No matter who you've lost, whether it be a baby before it is born or a loved one, or even strangers lost in a senseless act of terror, we will never forget them.

  2. This prayer we use for Anzac Day in NZ, i'm not sure if it was actually written about Anzac Day! This is said every year to remember our fallen war heros. I love how poetry, art, writing can all be open to interpretation though. I can't get through this reading without crying!


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