Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Our God you have placed us in a world filled with beauty.
You have given us the ability to see, hear, feel, taste and smell Your creation.
But with these gifts come responsibilities, O God.
When we see injustice, You taught us never to be blinded by expedience.
When we hear intolerance, You taught us never to be deafened by indifference.
When we feel the sting of oppression, You taught us never to be dulled by complacency
When we taste the bitterness of bigotry, You taught us never to be lulled into the trap of dehumanization
When we smell the stench of hypocrisy, You taught us never to be fooled by the tyranny of the commonplace.
There is so much work to be done in O God! Help these legislators to use all of their senses to distinguish between the politic and the poetic, the sordid and the sacred.
May the urgency of the deliberations that will take place in these hallowed halls move beyond these rigid walls. May they provoke a visceral reaction in our society – stirring us all to strive to achieve our best and truly appreciate the many gifts you have given.
Bless these leaders and bless these proceedings with a passion for justice and a longing for righteousness.
May this day bring about change.
May this day be filled with hope.
May we all be open to Your presence.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Opening Prayer for the State House of Colorado
February 2, 2012
Rabbi Joseph R. Black – Temple Emanuel - Denver
Our God and God of all people,
God of the strong and God of the weak.
God of the fortunate and God of the tormented
God of those who have no God.
Bless our doubts, O God. Bless our second guessing.
Bless our mortality and bless our frailty.
Help these legislators to ask important questions of one another – and, most importantly, of themselves.
Help them to win the battles towards which they have dedicated their office.
Help them to lose their battles with grace and understanding.
May the spirit of compromise infuse these proceedings and triumph over partisanship
May the passions that arise in the midst of debate be only for the sake of the good of our nation, our beautiful State and the communities from which these dedicated men and women have been selected to serve.
Grant us all the courage to grow, to learn, to laugh at ourselves and to see the holy in every person who enters these hallowed halls.
Keep us humble God – Keep us humble.
But push us also to strive to see the holiness that You have implanted within every human being.
We are nothing but dust and ashes. We are little lower than the angels.
Help us to live within the balance of our limits and our legacy.
May this be a day of new beginnings. And let us say: AMEN