INVOCATION BY RABBI JAMES COHN
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER 2013
O Guardian of life and liberty,
May our nation always merit your blessing. Teach us to give thanks for what we have by sharing it with those who are in need. Keep our eyes open to the wonders of creation, and alert to the care of the earth.
May we never be lazy in the work of peace.
May we honor those who have died in defense of our ideals.
Grant our leaders wisdom and forbearance. May they govern with justice and compassion.
Help us all to appreciate one another, and to respect the diverse ways in which we can serve. May our homes be safe from affliction and strife, and our country be sound in body and spirit.
Barukh Atta Adonai, Oseh HaShalom.
Blessed be the Source of peace, now and forever.
Adapted from Mishkan Tfilah