Shards of Grace

Elections, Visions and Prayers

National – and local - elections are about power.  Check.
National – and local - elections are about identity. Check.
National  - and local - elections are about what we have done and/or left undone. Check.
National – and local - elections are about imagining our future together.  They are?
Yep.

Sometimes, caught in relentless rhetoric and simplistic sound bytes, we can lose sight of this fact.  Central to any election, whether for president or city commissioner, is who we want to become.  

Who are we called to become?  
What does God demand of us? 
(Of course, these last two might not be the question for every citizen, but certainly pertain to Christians, Jews, and Muslims.)

Our prayers can illumine our purpose.  Prayer can shape us and guide us and inspire us to be aligned with divine purpose and intent (as much as we flawed humans can discern that)  Perhaps, this prayer “For our Country” (adapted slightly from #18 in our Book of Common Prayer, p. 820) opens the door to such divine action in our lives today.

Let us pray.
Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly pray that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. 
Holy God, hear our prayer.

Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners.  
Holy God, hear our prayer.


Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.  
Holy God, hear our prayer.


Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought here out of many tribes and tongues.  
Holy God, hear our prayer.


Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and among the nations of the earth.  
Holy God, hear our prayer.


In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, let our trust in you be strong.  
Holy God, hear our prayer.
Amen!