(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
a home to keep them dry
clothes to keep them warm,
From snow and sleet and wind and rain,
And every passing storm.
Others strive just to exist
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!