Thursday, December 15, 2016

D'var Torah - Board Meeting - Temple Beth-El, Las Cruces - December 15, 2016

Eternal God,
Our Creator, Our Protector, Our Guide
Stand by us in our search for truth
In our commitment to integrity
In our responsibility to hold people to their word
in remaining ethically consistent in our perspectives and our judgment
Of both leaders and peers.
Shelter those escaping war-torn cities
People who face the threat of spontaneous attacks 
Though they be innocent of posing a direct threat to anyone
Raise the spirit of those who are bullied, harassed and criticized
Because of who they are rather than for anything they have done or said. 
Enable us to hear voices different from ours 
In order that, even in the heat of conflict, we can find common ground. 
Keep our words soft, our beliefs strong, our responses to the people around us compassionate and flexible. 
If we lead, remind us of those whom we represent. 
If we follow, remind us of our duty to serve and strengthen our community. 
Be with us as we seek to make a difference in this world, to foster hope here, in the midst of our home, and Your creation. 

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