Good and Gracious God,
We acknowledge and give thanks for all that is good in this great nation in which we are privileged to live. Yet as we celebrate the birth of our nation, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge how divided we are. We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the ways in which we are no longer “one nation,” as we profess in our pledge, but rather two nations… or three, or four.
So, we pause today and lift up a family divided. We lift up a nation that needs healing.
Call us back to our founding principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Remind us of our founding moral standard that all people are created equally and deserve equal treatment under the law regardless of those issues that divide us and marginalize others.
Remind us that these principles not only guide us toward a healthier nation, but they point to a justice many of our founding fathers understood to be rooted in the best parts of their religion. Teach us that none of us are truly free until all of us are truly free –free from the bonds of inequality.
Loving God,we do believe that most Americanswant only the best for their neighbors.
So, we ask that you open the hearts of those who opposethe path of love and justice, paths that seek equality for all.
As we stand together, lend us your loving Spirit and remind us that those making the laws are no more and no less flawed than we are. Empower us to not restuntil there is a real justice in our great land.
Help us see that name calling and hateful language will only serve to grow the division. Give to us the mindset of peacemakers and inspire us to do the difficult work of bridging divides.
Call us to a better way. Call us to a more loving way. Reconnect us with our founding focus: liberty, equality and justice for all.
Amen. (Adapted from Patheos.com)