Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Tuesday, November 8, 2016
In Which We Have an Election (Prayer)
It is seldom I have difficulty formulating a thought. This evening, however, I am having that kind of difficulty.
The last few months have been challenging, divisive, and…difficult. To say the least.
I am so grateful to my good friend Episcopal Vicar Josh Thomas, and the website he maintains, www.dailyoffice.org. I humbly offer this Election Day prayer which he wrote, in hopes that it will begin to patch up the icy rifts and hurtful holes and jagged gashes in our American society, and between individuals, friends (sometimes former-friends), and even within families.
This has been quite an election season. Please God, may we roll up our sleeves and get to the business of forgiving, healing, working, and loving.
Here is Josh’s prayer:
For U.S. Election Day 2016
By Josh Thomas
Holy God, we ask your blessing on the election of a new President and Congress of the United States. This is such a divisive year, with very different visions offered by the candidates, with a background of war in many nations and the reality of violence at home. The results of our choices will resound throughout the world. Bless the candidates and voters; make all of us responsible for our actions; give us a clear result and a humble acceptance of the outcome, that peace and justice may prevail in this and every nation; through Jesus Christ, who came to save us from discord and violence and lead us to your heavenly home. Amen.
(Dear God, in Your mercy, hear all of our prayers.)
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