June 5, 2020
E Pluribus Unum
“Do we not all have one Father? Has not God created us? Malachi 2:10
Former President George W. Bush recently wrote in response to the death of George Floyd: “ America’s challenge has long been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity…..The answers to American problems are found by living up to American ideals---to the fundamental truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by God with certain rights. We have often underestimated how radical that quest really is……..
“We serve our neighbors best when we try to understand their experience. We love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as equal, in both protection and compassion….”
Most Americans believe in these sacred principles and are earnest in carrying them out. We know we are a land of immigrants and with that status comes a special responsibility to bring different races, different nationalities, different backgrounds together. No matter the color of your skin every American should feel, as Lincoln said: “a just and generous and prosperous system, which opens the way for all.”
The beauty of our nation: no matter the issue, the crisis, or the celebration--- we’re all in this together.
Found on the Great Seal of the United States: E pluribus unum: out of many, one.
Prayer: God of unity, unify us as we move forward to provide equal opportunity for all and to meet the great challenges ahead of us. Amen.