Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

Out of the Mud and the Mire

August 9, 2009

And in my dismay I said,  “All men are liars.” Ps 116:11

Lord, the concepts seemed so simple: reduce the costs that burden families and businesses large and small; preserve the patient’s choice of doctors while also providing a choice to those who would otherwise have none; and ensure that all have access to quality and affordable care. How did we move from broad agreement on improving our healthcare system to fears of euthanasia, shouting claques that prevent discussion and understanding, and a growing climate of distrust?

Let not our hope that change is possible give way to despair.  Let not the complexity of detail and our distrust of the drafters destroy our focus on a more just and equitable system.  Preserve our will to move forward. Protect us from those who see politics as a blood-sport, seeking a partisan kill. Help us to realize that “tyranny” may come in the form of those who, in order to preserve their own entrenched power, would exploit our fears and anger,  — those who resist the restraint and accountability that government oversight can provide.  Strengthen those who would lead us forward.  Let them free themselves from the chains of party power, media sarcasm, and fear of failure.  Give us compassion, strength to forgive,  and the courage to reach out in healing to those with whom we disagree.

Help us to be patient in our hope, O Lord.  Hear our cry and lift us “out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire”, set our feet on the rock of your promises, and guide us as we journey forward. Ps. 40:1-2

Amen

By Their Words You Shall Know Them

August 2, 2009

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

Thank you Lord for our President’s willingness to start new conversations, to focus forward, to seek dialogue on principles rather than pushing positions, and to attempt to change the patterns of partisan bickering.  Help us to elect and to listen to others who are the type of leader identified by the apostle Paul — temperate, self-controlled, hospitable, able to teach, gentle and not quarrelsome, sincere and worthy of respect (1 Timothy 3:2-3, 8).  Let us not be misled by hateful words, threats, jibes, or appeals to fear.  Instead, help us to rid ourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind (1 Peter 2:1); to learn not to repay evil with evil, or insult with insult, but to live in harmony with each other (1 Peter 3:8-9).  Let us uphold your call of justice to the poor, and acknowledge the cause of the needy, and through honest and sincere dialogue, find the way forward to a more perfect union.

Amen

Hope for a new year

January 2, 2009

On this blog we will post prayers for our country, and we hope you will join us in saying these prayers and contributing new ones. As we look to the inauguration of a new president who campaigned on the theme of hope and change we offer as our initial prayer on this blog, the following prayer which was given as an invocation at the rally held for Barack Obama in Columbia, Missouri on October 30, 2008. The invocation was written and delivered by Dr. John Yonker of First Christian Church in Columbia Missouri:

“Gracious God of all peoples and nations, who is known by many names and who is worshiped and served in many and various ways, we gather in celebration of the heritage and freedom and democracy which we share as citizens of this great land.

As we prepare to elect those who will serve the nation in public office, we give thanks for all the men and women who take up the challenge and dedicate themselves to such service. Bless them with wisdom and discernment, enlighten their minds with understanding, and fill their hearts with compassion, that their leadership would inspire us to face the challenges of the present day with courage and hope.

Endow us all with determination to continue the struggle as we learn how we can fulfill the promise that this nation, under God, might truly become a land where freedom and justice for all is experienced by all, not only for an elite and select few.

Fill our hearts with love for peace that you alone can give, that we might succeed together in tearing down walls which divide us, and build bridges of trust and respect and understanding and harmony.

Deliver us from the lure of wealth and success gained at the expense of others, especially the poor and marginalized, that we may also dedicate out lives to serving the common good, and hasten the day when peace and justice will rain down like mighty waters, and spread like a life-giving stream from these shores across the whole face of the earth.

Amen.”