Recently we had a pulpit exchange with our neighbor, Congregation Shir Shalom. It was a wonderful opportunity to again reflect on similarities as we worship the God of Abraham. One prayer I found especially meaningful:
“May the door of this synagogue be wide enough to receive
all who hunger for love, all who are lonely for fellowship.
May it welcome all who have cares to unburden, thanks to
express, hopes to nurture.
May the door of this synagogue be narrow enough to shut
out the pettiness and pride, envy and enmity.
May its threshold be no stumbling block to young or straying feet.
May it be too high to admit complacency, selfishness, and harshness.
May this synagogue be, for all who enter, the doorway to a
richer and more meaningful life.”
After the service I found that prayer online, free, in a wonderful book of prayers and poems that are great for meditation. You can download it here.
While I reflected on that prayer, I was glad that our North Church opened our door to 80 folks for the mindfulness meditation workshops.
Pastor Bill’s message was so heartfelt, simple and powerful. I encourage you to watch it, if you were not there. Click here to see a video of the service (dated November 20).