You have given us great abilities
To dream, to aspire, to inspire,
To design, to build, and to partner
To reach for high places beyond this world.
Some of us recall crowding in front of our television sets
48 year ago
As two fellow human beings took the first steps on the moon
That belonged not just to the United States of America
But to all humankind.
For a moment, we were united.
We were fascinated in ways that put us in step with one another
All across the world.
Enemies and allies, people who knew of these events at the moment They occurred
Or learned only later
Shared in this great achievement
That demonstrated not our grandiosity
But our humility and sense of wonder
At the globe at which we had gazed from afar for so long
And had never touched and explored.
As we succeeded, at that time, in coming together, if only for a brief instant
So that this lofty goal could be reached,
Lead us now to find ways to work with one another.
When we lift our eyes to the heavens,
May we remember that You, our Creator,
Have provided us with the wherewithal to care for each other,
To lift up those who need assistance, to share knowledge and teach skills that will enable all people to be self-supporting,
Grant us health and the resources to provide the means for all to continue to sustain their health and well-being.
Instill in us a spirit of cooperation that will take us to unimagined vistas and new horizons
That we will yet experience
Whenever we pledge to find ways
to share our hopes, our talent,
Our respect, our understanding,
and our love for one another.
Enlighten our eyes with Your wisdom, Source of Life,
So that our insight will continue to deepen and grow.