This morning I learned about a Jewish prayer that confirms the message I released about about recovery. This prayer is called Birkat Hagomel (pronounced beer-KHAT hah-GOH-mel) or “benching gomel.”
People, after recovering from a serious illness, usually recite this prayer of gratitude. They also pray this prayer upon finishing a perilous journey.
According to Jewish tradition, there are four types of people who must give God thanks publicly.
Essentially, anybody can humble his or herself and pray this prayer. For example, a new mother can express her gratitude after delivery or a married couple can pray it after God restores their marriage.
Here is the prayer (from MJL):
Blessed are You, Lord our God, ruler of the world, who rewards the undeserving with goodness, and who has rewarded me with goodness.
After the recitation of this blessing, the congregation responds:
May he who rewarded you with all goodness reward you with all goodness for ever.
I love this prayer and feel blessed to have encountered it on 5.27.2021.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!
And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
1 Timothy 4:4
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.
And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.
Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
1 Peter 2:3
If indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Stacy-Ann holds a BA in English and a master's degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction. She is an educator and a self-published author of over 80 books on Amazon. Stacy-Ann also educates thousands of people through her online platforms and is the founder of Earring Circle. She has been married to Douglas Facey since 2001 and is the mother of 5 beautiful children.