Sandra Day O'Connor
Reading of Winthrop at the Funeral of Ronald Reagan
delivered 12 June 2004, National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
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Now the only way to provide for our posterity, is to follow the counsel of Micah, to do justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God.
We must delight in each other; make others' conditions our own; rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, as members of the same body.
The Lord will be our God, and delight to dwell among us, as his own people.
For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.
So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.
Research Note: O'Connor's reading is an abridged excerpt from Winthrop's "A Model of Christian Charity." For the complete text, see: http://www.4literature.net/John_Winthrop/Model_of_Christian_Charity/2.html
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