Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Invocation for the Inauguration of New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

Governor Lujan Grisham, Lt. Governor Morales, All New Mexicans, and guests.

On this day, as you begin your tenure as the leader of our Land of Enchantment may you continue the leadership you have exemplified throughout your life.

May you remember that leadership is service to all the people of our State.

May you remember to balance justice and compassion.

May you continue to have the humility to listen, the vision to dream, the understanding to implement, the strength to admit when you are wrong.

And, adapted from a poem by 17th Century Anglican Bishop Thomas Ken:

May the doors of your administration be wide enough to receive all who need love and care, and have hopes to nurture

May the doors of your administration be narrow enough to shut out envy, pride, hate, and enmity.

May its threshold be low enough to be no stumbling-block to children, to those without power, or to people with differences, but high enough to turn back complacency, harshness, and the temptation of power:

May your administration be a gateway to all who seek a better future.

And as we say in my tradition:

ברוך אתה יי, אלהינו מלך העולם, שהחיינו, וקיימנו, והיגינו לזמן הזה.
Baruch Ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam, shehechiyanu, v’kiyimanu, v’higiyanu lazman hazeh.

We are blessed to have reached this day filled with life and strength.

Mazal Tov! - Congratulations Governor Lujan Grisham, Lt. Governor Morales and all New Mexicans.

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