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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate: Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs on 7 February 2008

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs, the Jewish Healing Center, Plantation, Florida
Sponsor: Sen. Melquíades Rafael Martinez (R-FL)
Date of Prayer: 02/07/2008

Mr. MARTINEZ. Mr. President, I was running in late. I am devastated that I missed the prayer by Rabbi Cheryl Jacobs, from Broward County, FL. I am honored to have her here. I was at a Banking Committee hearing and could not make it on time.

Rabbi Jacobs does an amazing amount of work in the Broward County area, helping people in need in all walks of life. She is always there to help. I am tremendously honored to have her here today. We are pleased that she was able to honor us with her prayer. We thank her for coming.


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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Dear God,
what do I desire for my country?
How do I vision the land I love?
Let it be a land
where knowledge is free,
where the mind is without fear
and men and women hold their heads high,
where words come out
from the depths of truth,
where our leaders have the courage
and the permission
to lead,
where Americans have faith
in our land,
in our leaders,
and in themselves.

Let it be a land
where we live free of fear,
a land safe for our children
and for the generations that have yet to be,
where our Nation
has not been broken up into fragments
by narrow domestic walls,
where the brave men and women
who fight for our country
are revered and honored
for the heroes they are.

And let it be a land
where tireless striving
stretches its arms toward perfection
and where there are limitless opportunities
for all people.

Into that heaven of freedom,
let my country awake.

May the Lord bless us and keep us.
May the Lord cause His face to shine upon us.
May the Lord bless our country with peace.[1] Cf. The Priestly Blessing, Numbers 6:24-26 


110th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 154, No. 20 — Daily Edition (February 7, 2008)



1Cf. The Priestly Blessing, Numbers 6:24-26



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