Yesterday I had the privilege of offering the benediction at the conclusion of the Council of the District of Columbia swearing in ceremony. I offered these words as a charge for the new tasks & new year at hand:
Mayor Bowser, Council Members, Commissioners, honored guests, & all of you here:
If you are able, I invite you to take the hand of the person next to you or touch their shoulder.
-May the human bond between us guide you as you make decisions that will impact DC residents & beyond.
-May the Inner Light guide you as you seek to better the world by bettering DC.
-May the Inner Light empower you to lead faithfully & make wise decisions based on justice, mercy, & love above personal convenience.
-May you promote an agenda of peacebuilding & cooperation, especially with people you don’t like.
-May you tend to your holistic wellness- mind, body, & spirit- as intently as you tend to your civic & professional responsibilities.
-May we the people, all people, come together in harmony to form a more perfect union.
-May God bless you & keep you. May God’s face shine upon you. May God be gracious to you & give you peace.
Shalom, Salaam, Peace to all.