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Invocation -- Oregon Senate
March 3, 2005

Creator God, you who brought into being not just the earth, but the cosmos and all that is, we celebrate the glorious diversity of our world.  Like the warp and woof of a beautiful tapestry, it intersects in amazing complexity of shapes, traditions and colors--people of various hues, black, brown, white, yellow and red; of different faiths, Jew, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Sufi and Baha’i; of different sex and orientation, male and female, gay, straight, bi-sexual, lesbian and transgender; and a whole range in political philosophy, Republican, Democrat, Green, Libertarian, Socialist.

We look at this great span of humanity in all its glorious complexities and wonder, did you really intend for it to be like this?  If this indeed is your creation, then Lord, let its diversity be a lesson to us of your intention, that we learn to live together in harmony according to the vision of Isaiah, that…

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
          the leopard shall lie down with the kid,

          the calf and the lion and the fatling together, 
          and a little child shall lead them.               (Isaiah 11:6)

 

May we not just tolerate this incredible diversity, but celebrate it as your gift by valuing each of us as we are, accepting one another for who we are, whether wolves or lambs, calves or lions.  Lord, we know how difficult it is to convince a Democrat to vote like a Republican or a Republican to think like a Democrat, how much greater then the folly of trying to make a Jew be, act or live as a Christian, a Native American as a European American or a homosexual as a heterosexual.  Instead Lord, may we affirm the inalienable rights of each person to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, working together for the common good of all and basic fairness for every Oregonian, honoring this great diversity as the beauty of your creation. 

Bless and guide our legislators entrusted with this task this day and throughout this session with your wisdom.  May their words be true, their thoughts peaceful and their deeds honorable.  In the name of the Holy One, Amen.

Daniel E. H. Bryant
First Christian Church
Eugene, Oregon

 


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