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Bridging the Gap

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(Above) Rabbi Fuchs delivering:

                                  Bridging the Gap

                              Between Deuteronomy 15:4 and 15:11

A Prayer offered at Sanibel – Captiva Community Thanksgiving Celebration

November 18, 2018

 

Thanksgiving soon will be here,

A grand and special day,

So I opened up the Good Book

To see what it has to say.

 

I find in Deuteronomy

A glorious proclamation:

“There shall be no needy among you

In any land or nation!” (15:4)

 

What a wonderful vision that is!

If only it were true,

But I note a few lines further

That we have much work to do

 

“The poor will never cease to be,” (15:11)

The very next paragraph reads.

How can two such opposite views

Be almost rubbing knees?

 

The answer lies between

The conflicting thoughts we heard,

But we must follow closely

And take to heart God’s words!

 

There will be no poor about!

That will only happen when,

All of us work together

To make that time “Now,” not “Then!”

 

But we all know the time’s not near

When all will heed God’s wish

So those of us who really care 

Must step up to the dish.

 

Those of us who’re here today

Are comfortable no doubt.

But all too many on God’s earth 

Surely do

without!

 

Without 

a home to keep them dry

Without

clothes to keep them warm,

From snow and sleet and wind and rain,

And every passing storm.

 

Others strive just to exist

Without

enough to eat.

Try feeding five on minimum wage;

That’s surely no mean feat.

 

And don’t forget those in our midst

Who have much that they own,

But suffer sadness deep inside

And feel so all alone.

 

Can our hearts make room for them?

Our bounty share at least?

And perhaps invite one to our home

To share Thanksgiving’s feast!

 

Scripture’s charge to us is clear:

There is much still to be done,

Before our world and God’s will

Truly become one!

 

May we give thanks for all our blessings

With hearts and hands unfurled

To embrace God’s challenge to us

To repair our broken world!

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Bridging the Gap

  1. That is lovely and so creative.
    Happy Thanksgiving!🦃
    (Pittsburgh is healing – slowly and certainly not in a straight line). We will see you first Shabbat in January.

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  2. Thanks for sharing. I think our planet is growing weary and diversity is increasing anger and hate . Thank God for ppl like you that actually read and share God’s Word … Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. God Bless .

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