A local Sabbath prayer


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Sent over by Bonnie Dwyer, editor of Spectrum Magazine

Prayer for Justice for the Poorest of the PoorBy Rev. David Thompson of Westminister Presbyterian Church, Sacramento, California

With this legislation as a level playing field, may the developers\u003cbr /\>enjoy a reasonable profit and be proud of themselves for doing the\u003cbr /\>right thing by the poor.\u003cbr /\>May they showcase the affordable units with pride of achievement.\u003cbr /\>May the County and City of Sacramento be models for affordable\u003cbr /\>housing in this great nation.\u003cbr /\>May we in this amazing city have done with small thoughts. . .\u003cbr /\>These things we pray in the name of justice and fairness for all.\u003cbr /\>Hear our prayer,\u003cbr /\>Amen\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Rev. David Thompson of Westminister Presbyterian Church\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>Shabbat Shalom,\u003cbr /\>\u003c/div\>",1] ); D(["mb","\u003cdiv style\u003d\"direction:ltr\"\>\u003cspan class\u003dsg\>Bonnie\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003cbr /\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/div\>",0] ); D(["ce"]);

//-->Our loving God of us all, we are haunted by an ideal life because we all have within us the beginning and the possibility of it.

We have come here today to pray for the hearts and minds of our County Supervisors. We have come to pray for the preservation of legislation that 15% of all new development have units for people at the lower ranges of the income spectrum. We pray for our supervisors that if it is not their intent, that it will become their intent to advocate with developers for the poorest of the poor.

O God with just a basic apartment in the downtown going for high prices, our working poor are so hard pressed to make ends meet pay check to pay check. They often don't have health care, yet they sicken as others do. They need to eat, to be clothed and to have a life, as others do. And so they need advocates. They need to be a part of the process of decision making that affects them so deeply. They need an affordable place to live. And we in Sacramento and the County need our Supervisors to represent us and the core values of America, with demonstrations of fairness, inclusion and clear visions with a priority for the poor.

Today we presume our Supervisors' basic willingness to do the right thing for justice. We give them the presumption of our trust. May we and they, at the end of our lives, be able to approach You with straight eyes, knowing that we have done justice, done the deeds of mercy and walked humbly with our God. With this legislation as a level playing field, may the developers enjoy a reasonable profit and be proud of themselves for doing the right thing by the poor. May they showcase the affordable units with pride of achievement.

May the County and City of Sacramento be models for affordable housing in this great nation. May we in this amazing city have done with small thoughts. . . These things we pray in the name of justice and fairness for all.

Hear our prayer, Amen


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4192