The Benediction given at the Martin Luther King White Plains Unity Dinner, January 17th.
Holy G-d, source of life, lover of souls,
You led your people out of bondage into freedom.
You have shown us the road to righteousness.
We give thanks for this wonderful morning
Of song and story
To remember the movement
That inspired and challenged this country
to liberate the marginalized among us,
and to also remember Martin, your beloved, who challenged this nation to live the promise of human dignity.
Although we know we must continue on that journey,
We lift up to you the sacrifices we have made
Through your love.
We know that this joury for justice will not be easy.
It will not make us popular; it may not bring us bounty,
But it may bring us to a better land.
Bless us for we know this
Now send us now into the world in peace.
To go and serve as you have commanded.
Strengthen the hands and hearts of those who help others in the midst of adversity;
Grant us all firm resolve to stand with our neighbors who are in need,
And support of them in this their time of trouble;
May we speak the truth, though it may be uncomfortable;
May we challenge the powers, though it come at great expense;
But may we do so with love an humility,
Keeping our eyes on the prize.
And the blessing of God almighty, by whom, in whom and through whom we have our power, but upon us, and remain with us forever more. Amen