Invocation and blessing offered at the October 8, 2019 meeting of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce by Dr. Gary Furr, Pastor, Vestavia Hills Baptist Church.
The complexity of these times overwhelm us–
too much information, too many problems,
too much acrimony and division,
too many words spoken thoughtlessly.
Grant us true simplicity
to see ourselves truthfully
to give our hearts freely
to see others lovingly
to make our decisions faithfully
to speak our words with clarity
and honesty and purpose.
Thank you for our community
and for our neighbors in this room and all neighbors
who make our community a place we love.
Remind us to choose our words wisely
to bless and not curse
to give thanks and not com
to help rather than to blame one another
to pray but also to put feet to our prayers.
For the families of our town and all the earth we ask strength and hope.
We remember the poor, we thank you for abundance we can share
and for this meal we share and those who prepared it
we are most grateful.
Bless our city leaders and leaders everywhere
Grant wisdom and character across the world,
The courage to speak, and the courage to listen.
In Your name we pray. Amen.