Prayer at the Presidential Signing Ceremony for the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 22 December 2010

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O Lord who made a world of change,
You challenged us to mend, repair, and change the world.

Some lose faith and think that things will never change,
But we Americans – of every faith – religious faith or not –
Refuse to give up hope or abandon that most American of dreams:
That we can make a difference, and that the future can be better than the past.

Today we make a change as President Obama signs this bill to law.
Today we recall that unity, not uniformity, is our goal,
That we need not fear differences
Among those united to defend our nation’s freedoms and its dreams.

Today we honor ALL brave men and women,
Including those who served so long without the honor they deserved.

O Lord our God, and God of generations past,
Help us move forward,
Toward a nation a little more united, more indivisible,
A union a bit more perfect, founded on a great deal more respect.

Let us pray that if the day has not yet dawned
When we can see the face of God in others
Then we see, at least, a face as human as our own.

Lord, help us keep faith the day will dawn
When justice flows – for ALL – like mighty waters,
When liberty will be proclaimed throughout the land,
When every man or woman can stand tall,
And none shall be afraid.

And may we say,
Amen.

A prayer offered by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff at the Presidential signing ceremony for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) law on December 22, 2010, in Washington, D.C. It was originally planned to be held at the White House, but interest in attending the ceremony was so large that the venue was changed to the Department of the Interior. For a personal reflection on this prayer, find this essay by Tanya L. Domi.

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