Pastor’s Friday Comments (11.06.20)

I am writing this prior to the general election, so, of course, I do not know who was the victor for any office, including that of President. Possibly, by the time you read this on Friday, all will have been revealed. Whether or not that is true, it is certain that our country and its leaders will need the prayers of all of us if we are to return to the values that we have claimed are ours as a nation.

Our Jewish friends have “A Prayer for our Country” that I believe may be more helpful than anything I could say at this critical juncture in our nation’s history. I encourage you to use it as a guide to your personal prayers:

“Our God and God of our ancestors: We ask Your  blessings for our country, for its government, for its leader and advisors, and for all who exercise just and rightful authority. Teach them insights of Your Torah, that they may administer all affairs of state fairly, that peace and security, happiness and prosperity, justice and freedom may forever abide in our midst.

“Creator of all flesh, bless all inhabitants of our country with Your spirit. May citizens of all races and creeds forge a common bond in true harmony to banish hatred and bigotry and to safeguard the ideals and free institutions which are the pride and glory of our country.

“May this land under Your Providence be an influence for good throughout the world, uniting all people in peace and freedom and helping them to fulfill the vision of Your prophet: ‘Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they experience war anymore.’ And let us say: Amen.”