A Just And Welcoming Land

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.  Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor.  In your hearts do not think evil of each other.’ ” Zechariah 7:9-10

Lord, we are a land of many cultures and faiths.  We are a nation that provided hope and opportunity to many generations of immigrants. Indeed, we are a nation in which over 40% of the population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island where the Statue of Liberty, the “mother of exiles,” still lifts her lamp and stands over the invitation: “Give me your tired, your poor,/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. . .” As we struggle with our economy and mature as a country, let us not forget our ideals of hope and freedom and opportunity.  Help us avoid oppression of the alien and the poor and those who struggle to survive, and to encourage mercy and justice at home and abroad.  Help us to reflect your love in actions and not just in words.  In Jesus’ name we pray,

Amen.

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