Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Let us pray for the President-elect

"Divine Light"

Whether you supported Barack Obama or opposed him, whether you are celebrating today or grieving, the President-elect needs our prayers. And we can all, whatever our political persuasion may be, acknowledge the historic significance of yesterday's election. President Bush said the following this morning:
No matter how they cast their ballots, all Americans can be proud of the history that was made yesterday. Across the country, citizens voted in large numbers. They showed a watching world the vitality of America's democracy, and the strides we have made toward a more perfect union. They chose a president whose journey represents a triumph of the American story -- a testament to hard work, optimism and faith in the enduring promise of our nation.

Many of our citizens thought they would never live to see that day. This moment is especially uplifting for a generation of Americans who witnessed the struggle for civil rights with their own eyes -- and four decades later see that dream fulfilled.
Here is prayer many of us grew up on:
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of the United States and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
May we pray it regularly during the transition as well as when the new president takes office.

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