Creator and Sustainer of us all,
Activate our wonder
So that we can marvel in achievements and discoveries
That have revealed crucial information about
The origins of our solar system
The connections between the earth and the moon,
And our place in this wide and amazing universe.
Enliven our curiosity so that we will seek more knowledge
About the unity within creation
Not only in the heavens
But here in our world.
As we have conquered the fear of the unknown by
reaching for the skies,
May we overcome the temptation to approach people from different origins and backgrounds only with fear.
May our arms, eyes and ears be open
To the stories of our fellow human beings
So that we can recognize the resonance of their narrative
With our own story
That traces how we came to live in this country and community.
May we be steadfast in our own positions and beliefs,
And may we also defend the rights of those who hold opposing viewpoints to our own
With the hope that, somehow, some way, we might be able
To find a path towards compromises that can begin to solve the challenges we face.
Remind us that loving our neighbors and the stranger as ourselves
Requires a rejection of bigotry and prejudice in whatever form they may take.
Bind us together as one human family in ways that will
Lead us to true understanding and lasting peace.