Prayers for these United States of America

Prayers for these United States of America

Image from Vanessa Siemens, who just wrapped up a road trip all over the United States.

I loved this liturgy of prayers from church on Sunday and wanted to share them with you, in case you are like me and are finding it difficult to know how to pray for our country these days.

We pray for liberty for each human being, that no one is oppressed or exploited.
God of mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray for democracy, that each voice is heard, and no one is silenced.
God of mercy, 
hear our prayer.

We pray for peace, that there be harmony, in which each person’s gift may flourish.
God of mercy, 
hear our prayer. 

We pray for justice, that there be a just and equal sharing of power.
God of mercy,
hear our prayer.

We pray for a spirit of patriotism, that we be faithful to one another as a whole.
God of mercy,
hear our prayer. 

We thank you for our freedom, and those who protect it: teachers who teach to question, neighbors who act in covenant with one another, those who speak out against injustice.
We give thanks.

We thank you for the gift of our diversity, honoring each person and celebrating differences.
We give thanks.

We thank you for this land. Remind us to revere creation.
We give thanks.

Temper might with humility, and power with compassion. Mend divisions, heal fear, and restore love of one another.
Bless this nation and every nation the same, for we are all sisters and brothers.

Bless us, and make us a nation of justice and peace, a nation of benevolence and generosity, a nation of mutual sharing and cooperation, a nation devoted to healing.
Bless this nation, that we be people of mercy.

Adapted from Steve Garnaas-Holmes

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