It has been said:“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of humanlife, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.”Hence, as we celebrate this auspicious and momentous occasion, as we celebrate, Lord weconfess as One City that we need Guidance!For there to be an economic revival, and an assault on joblessness, for peace to be stitchedinto the social fabric of our streets, for there to be an educational reformation that fills ourcity and state colleges, while halting prison enrollment, we need Guidance.If our energy will become more efficient, and if our gas prices will nosedive from MountEverest, we need Guidance.For there to be a healthcare system that heals our sick, destitute, and wealthy, if budgets will be balanced without tipping over programs that produce oxygen to necessary demographics, we need Guidance!If opportunities will bring broad optimism and if hunger, homelessness, and helplessness will be thrown into a furnace of wisdom and consumed by the answers of sacrifice andunderstanding, we need Guidance.If our seniors will be served, and if our children will have an opportunity to become all thatGod has destined them to be, we need Guidance!For the Chicago Bulls to defeat the Miami Heat and go on to the NBA Finals and Win! Weconfess we need Guidance! We confess, that in order to receive guidance, we must look up with humility to a God whosedivinity transcends our humanity, receiving direction when life paralyzes us with complexity. We must look across to our fellow citizens whom God has gifted, as they were born into thehuman family as solutions to some problems or answers to some questions. We must look out to those who will commit to contribute their heads, hearts, and hands to serve andstrengthen our beloved Chicago.Lord, today, we celebrate as many, but also as One because we are ONE CITY!