Friday, July 8, 2016

Please pray for our country

Lord, keep this nation under your care.
And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

As I wrote about in the previous post, this is my prayer now for our country--short, simple, earnest.  It's from the BCP service of Morning Prayer.  It says it all, and covers the political realm as well as the social.  Just this week we heard about the shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.  And we heard about retaliation and sniper shooting of police in Dallas, with 5 now dead.  How dreadful it all is.  How we need help...  Many Americans carry around with them hatred of other races and types of people.  I know:  growing up in Western Pennsylvania I encountered several folks who were really handicapped by their own racism or prejudice.  It's everywhere.

Increasingly the political climate is becoming really awful, no matter what side of the aisle you favor.     Each candidate has big issues, big drama, big liabilities.  One senator this week called the political climate a "Dumpster fire."  That's not too far from reality...

Will you please join me and make prayer for our country a part of your prayer each day?  Might we also put ourselves squarely before God and ask to be led and shown where we, too, need to change?  We must start with ourselves, and pray for our health and growth, then also the health of our country. We love America.  May God bless her, and each of us...and may we submit to the painful process of changing, when it's really needed.

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