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Upon Ending my #InaugurationFast

Upon Ending my #InaugurationFast
© Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Eyes wide open, spirit renewed
I gaze at a sky, somehow
just as blue as yesterday.

Before I end this elective fast
I gaze at Heaven, somehow
assured that there is yet hope.

As I bring this water to my lips
I pray for strength, somehow
knowing the strength is waiting
in eyes and arms and hearts
spread across this wounded home.

I close my eyes,
measure my breath,
offer gratitude,
and accept the task ahead.

May Love be our portion, O Lord.

Amen.

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Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm,
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no soul impervious to life itself no nation purely noble.
If it were any other way,
there would be no need for cathedrals
in the first place.

Kneel,  stand,  sit,  rise up.

To kneel is
to submit  to lower oneself  to step down  to pause.
To kneel is to call attention  to touch the Earth's face to listen to those  whose blood saturates  the very roots of our story.
To kneel is to step aside  to step outside  to invite others to come closer  to remember.
To kneel is not to stand not to stand not to stand idly by.
Speak your truth,
God damn it.

That's what God wants most of all.

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