Meditation and Prayer for the United
National pride comes easy for
Americans, regardless of our varied backgrounds or race.
Are there problems with America? Yes, of course. Do
we need to make changes in order to avoid real ruin and disaster
for our nation? Yes. But with all it's faults,
cracks and problems, we still have the best nation in the world.
No doubt about it.
My prayer for this land is that we
will hang on tight to the good things we have gained as a
people, and that we will come to refuse and reject the garbage
we have already collected along the way. We must remember
our roots in God's own law if we wish to retain our freedom as a
people. And we must continue to work together in building
a better future for our children and for the children of the
God has truly given this nation His
kindness and grace, allowing us to establish a land of liberty
and hope for all who come here, and for all who are born here.
We must also cling to His wisdom and His written guidelines in
Holy Scripture, practicing a mature wisdom in our conduct,
choices and laws. If we prove to be ungrateful, if we
reject common sense and practical wisdom by turning our backs on
the lessons of human history, we will lose for ourselves, and
for our children's children, the privileges we now enjoy and
have come to take for granted. The opportunities we now
have for the unlimited human development of every individual
will pass into the clouded mists of history, becoming once again
only the whispers and shadows of legend and wonder.
By God's kindness and mercy, this
nation is greater than the sum of its people. That
greatness was bought and paid for, in large part, by the lives
of men and women who have died or otherwise suffered loss in the
never-ending struggle for liberty, justice and hope. Young
soldiers willingly perished in far away places, as well as here
at home, to secure a way of life they never experienced in its
fullness. Many of them never owned a home, raised any
children or knew the fulfillment of a successful career, even
though they were certainly good enough, smart enough and brave
enough to have made us all proud. We owe what we are to
such young men and women. We owe what we have to their
loved ones who suffered loss, and to the many who returned alive
from battle to live out their lives hindered by injuries
inflicted by the enemy.
May God continue to grant us
existence as a nation, as a people. May God give us the
wisdom to live on and to prosper, and to be a help to every
human soul across the earth who longs for a better life.
May we always have the wisdom to feed the hungry, clothe the
naked, rescue the innocent, and to help even our bitterest
enemies to find a better way to live in peace on this planet.
May God continue to forgive our sins for Jesus' sake and to
grant us strong men, women and young people who are not afraid
to confess their faith in God, their confidence in Holy
Scripture, and their love for this United States of America.
In Jesus' Holy Name, Amen.