A Special Prayer

A Special Prayer

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stories of Faith

A Special Prayer

Prayer is the universal language.

~Author Unknown

My father is the most unselfish person I know—always thinking of others first before himself. Perhaps that is why he chose to be a rabbi, to serve God by helping other people.

Every Christmas, my father, Rabbi Jack Segal, volunteers at a hospital in Houston so Christian employees can spend Christmas with their loved ones. One particular Christmas he was working the telephone switchboard at the hospital, answering basic questions and transferring phone calls. One of the calls he received was from a woman, obviously upset.

“Sir, I understand my nephew was in a terrible car accident this morning. Please tell me how he is.”

After the woman gave my father the boy’s name, he checked the computer and said, according to protocol at that time, “Your nephew is listed in critical condition. I’m truly sorry. I hope he’ll get better.” As soon as my father said “critical,” the woman immediately began to sob and she screamed, “Oh, my God! What should I do? What should I do?”

Hearing those words, my father softly stated, “Prayer might be helpful at this time.”

The woman quickly replied, “Yes—oh, yes. But it’s been ten years since I’ve been to a church and I’ve forgotten how to pray,” then asked, “Sir, do you know how to pray? Could you say a prayer for me while I listen on the phone?”

My father quickly answered, “Of course,” and began saying the ancient prayer for healing in Hebrew, the Mee Shebayroch. He concluded, “Amen.”

“Thank you, thank you so much,” the woman on the phone replied. “However,” she went on, “I truly appreciate your prayer, but I have one major problem. I did not understand the prayer, since I do not speak Spanish.”

My father inwardly chuckled and said, “Ma’am, that was not Spanish. I’m a rabbi, and that prayer was in Hebrew.”

The woman sighed heavily in relief. “Hebrew? That’s great. That’s God’s language. Now He won’t need a translator!”

~Michael Jordan Segal, M.S.W.

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