It’s so painful, God, to watch my parents begin to falter.
I have always counted on them,
and now they need to count on me.
I love my parents; I can’t stand the way our roles have reversed.
I don’t want to see them in their weakness.
I know this reversal is humiliating for them.
They don’t want to feel helpless or dependent.
But they need me now.
Help me, God, to rise to this critical occasion.
Show me how to care for my parents with respect, tenderness, and love.
Fill me with compassion and patience.
Shield me from anger and resentment.
Calm my fears, give me strength, God.
Help me to seek out relief and support when the burden is great.
Give them strength, God.
Bless them with dignity, grace, and health.
– Rabbi Naomi Levy