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April 13, 2004

BECAUSE, IN THE CREATION STORIES OF GENESIS, THE THIRD DAY, TUESDAY, IS THE ONLY DAY AT WHICH GOD LOOKS BACK UPON THE WORK OF CREATION AND SAYS "KETOTH," "THIS IS GOOD," TWICE. TWO TIMES, GOD REFLECTS ON WHAT HAS BEEN CREATED ON TUESDAY AND SAID, "THIS IS GOOD, THIS IS GOOD." AND, FOR THAT REASON, TUESDAY IS A VERY SPECIAL DAY FOR OUR JEWISH COMMUNITY. SO, HAVING LEARNED THAT, WE PRAY THIS MORNING FOR TWICE AS MUCH GOODNESS IN OUR WORLD SO THAT, ON SOME OTHER TUESDAY, WE MAY LOOK AT WHAT HAS BEEN CREATED IN THIS PLACE FOR OUR COUNTY, FOR OUR PEOPLE, AND WE MAY SAY TO THE GOD OF ALL OF HUMANKIND, OH, GOD, IN A WORLD OF LIMITED RESOURCES, WE PRAY FOR TWICE AS MUCH GOODNESS. WE PRAY FOR THOUGHTFUL CHOICE. WE PRAY FOR CREATIVE WISDOM. WE PRAY FOR TWICE AS MUCH HOPE AND POSSIBILITY. IN YOUR IMAGE, GOD, WE PRAY TO CREATE. MAY WE CREATE COMFORT AND COMPANIONSHIP FOR THE LOST AND THE LONELY. MAY WE CREATE HEALING AND REHABILITATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE BROKEN OF BODY AND SPIRIT. MAY WE CREATE A COUNTY WHERE THE SOUND OF MUSIC AND THE BEAUTY OF ART ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SOUND OF VIOLENCE AND THE UGLINESS OF DEATH. MAY WE CREATE LEARNING THAT ENRICHES AND MAY WE CREATE LABOR THAT DIGNIFIES THE SPIRIT AND THE PROMISE OF THE MEN AND THE WOMEN AND THE CHILDREN OF THIS BELOVED COUNTY. MAY WE CREATE PROMISE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND PRIDE FOR THEIR PARENTS. MAY WE CREATE AIR AND WATER AND LAND AS PRISTINE AS IT WAS AT THE BEGINNING OF TIME. AND MAY THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS COUNTY, MAY

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