Thursday, February 23, 2017

President's Day - Opening Prayer for the Colorado State House February 23, 2017

Our God and the God of all people
God of the strong and God of the weak
God of the distraught and God of the complacent
God of the patriots and God of the dissidents
God of those who have no God

Yesterday was my mother’s 91st birthday.  It also happened to have been the birthday of our nation’s 1st president, George Washington.  This past Monday, our country celebrated President’s Day where we commemorated the leadership, dignity and Vision inspired by both Presidents Washington and Lincoln.

Our First President understood the necessity for us to come together against a common enemy.  He led the fight for our Independence and blazed a trail of Democracy that continues to be an inspiration around the world 241 years later.

Lincoln came to power in the midst of a terrible period of national divisiveness.  He stood up to injustice and bigotry and forced our nation to come to a bloody self-reckoning that almost destroyed our Union. He paid the Ultimate Price for his steadfast belief in Humanity’s embodiment of Divine aspiration. 

My mother was born in Leipzig, Germany – just before Hitler came to power.  She and her parents narrowly escaped the horrors of the Final Solution and came to our country as refugees – I stand here today as a testament to God’s grace and the high ideals for which Washington, Lincoln and so many others fought and died.

On this week when we remember our greatest Presidents we pray that might continue to strive to emulate them and all that they stood for.

We pray for our leaders of the Great State of Colorado that they might work together to legislate and forge new bonds of connectivity with our highest national values.

Guide them as they work, O God – not as partisans, but as partners – transcending pettiness and finding holiness in this august chamber.

Bless all who come to this place:  elected officials, advisors, administrators, those who keep order and those come simply to observe the magic and the messiness of creating laws.

We thank you for the opportunity to make a difference.
We thank you for extraordinary leadership.


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