Yesterday I shared some prayers for the election from the Episcopalian Book of Common Prayer. Today, the angst I felt about the 2016 election pales in comparison to my concerns about the next presidency, but I am determined to keep the faith in our country. I refuse to read the results as an endorsement of all the ugly things that went on during the campaign. I am trying to understand the perspectives of those who wanted this outcome. And, I am praying harder than ever.
White House, January 2016
First, I am praying for our country, that love will overcome fear, that generosity will overcome selfishness, that compassion will overcome prejudice.
Prayer For Our Country
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage:
We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will.
Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners.
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.
Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.
Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth.
In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail;
all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
I also am praying for our next president, that he will respect the position, approach his responsibilities with solemnity, and exercise his powers judiciously.
Prayer For the President of the United States and
All in Civil Authority
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world:
We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace.
Grant to the President of the United States, the Governor of this State (or Commonwealth), and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
I am determined that my country will get through this difficult time, and continue to strive for a “more perfect Union” that makes America great for all of us.
Today’ Wednesday Word is determined.
Are you determined to ban all political discussions at your holiday gatherings?