Invocation - Temple Beth-El Las Cruces Board meeting
October 18, 2018
The Voice who calls us to traverse a new path;
The Guide who shines a light on the road ahead;
As we continue along our journey,
Be with us as we walk in the footsteps of Abraham and Sarah,
Who left their parents’ homes to blaze a trail for their many descendants
Ever mindful that You accompanied them with every step they took.
Stand by our side as we lay down to sleep each night
Stirring us, when we rise, to share Jacob’s realization
That our highest aspirations are always within our reach
With You as our strength to muster the confidence and courage
To ascend the ladder towards our dreams and hopes.
When we find ourselves in deep despair,
With few reasons to look at life with optimism,
Grant us the insight of Joseph to ultimately recognize our own significance
So that we will step forward with resolve, sharing and applying our abilities and our wisdom.
And when we are faced with challenges to our well-being,
And to our very lives,
Make us like Moses, a shepherd of a flock who became a leader of a people,
Taking them from slavery to freedom
Like Aaron, who articulated with powerful words a belief in the self-worth and right to life and liberty of every human being;
And like Miriam, who shaped words and melody into an expression of individual and collective spirit that ever connects us back to You.
May we, in our own time,
continue along this path begun by Abram and Sarai,
Adding to their story
Our own experiences, our own memories, our own family histories,
And our own legacies
As we leave the comfort of this moment
To step into future times and unknown places of growth and promise
That patiently await our arrival and our enriching presence.