Amid political strife, calming words invoking a higher power are welcome. True for Congress as well as the Collier County Commission.
We commend for readers’ attention the invocation for Tuesday’s meeting, by the Rev. Kathleen D. Korb of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples:
“Spirit of wisdom and of truth, of justice and compassion, be with us as we begin the heavy work of this day. Be with us all as we come to observe, to testify, perhaps to protest or support; with the staff who have prepared so carefully; and with the board as they make their decisions and go through their necessary work.
“Help us to remember that although our own interests are paramount to us they may not be so to others, that they must sometimes give way to the greater good, and that principle can become self-righteousness when it cannot bend to the give and take of compromise, the soul of democracy.
“Be especially with the commissioners. Help them stay alert and engaged amidst the swirl of routine demands. Should there be differences of opinion keep them ever mindful that honorable people of integrity can differ in their opinions and help them continue the respect that all of us must give to one another even in the midst of heated controversy. Keep them mindful as well of the reality that although they represent different districts and those districts’ interests must be always of import to them, their ultimate concern is with all of Collier County and its people, the beautiful, diverse and fertile land, the rich and poor, the young and old, the healthy and those whose health is challenged, those here for play and those for work — or who hope to work — those in penthouses on the beach, and the homeless and the hungry.
“Give them also to recognize that although they were elected to represent us, to do our work for us, as leaders they have the responsibility not merely to reflect the needs and desires of those who voted for them or even everyone in their district or the county, but to use their own informed and careful judgment in their decision-making.
“Grant us above all the ability to discern with gratitude the hard work that they do and support them with our own work and appreciation.’’