Chaplain’s Message – Summer 2019
Every Sabbath, Jewish congregations throughout these United States include in their worship service a “Prayer for our Country.” In almost every sanctuary there will be an American flag as well. I expect that this would also be the case in the houses of worship of other religions.
As we draw close to July 4, and celebrate another year of American independence, I share the prayer I say at my worship service….
“Our God and God of our ancestors: We ask your blessings for our country — for its leaders and advisors, and for all who exercise just and rightful authority. Teach them insights from 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 the 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 that 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 — helping to fulfill the vision of your prophet: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they experience war any more. And let us say: Amen”