A Prayer for a Divided Nation

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As our nation prepares for a divisive Presidential Inauguration, we offer this prayer to God, our one true Leader.

For those who believe and those who do not,
We pray for your presence.

For those who are scared and those who celebrate,
We pray for your presence.

For those who will watch, and those who have no way,
We pray for your presence.

For those who cannot spend time worrying about government leaders,
For those who have nothing else to do,
We pray for your presence.

For those who will spend their day searching for their next meal and place to lay their head,
We pray for your presence.

For those who sit in the hospital waiting room, wondering if they will receive treatment next time,
We pray for your presence.

For those who fear for their loved ones, their families, their neighbors,
We pray for your presence.

For those on the right and those on the left, for those in the middle and those who do not know yet,
We pray for your presence.

For those around the world, with fears and hunger deeper than ours,
We pray for your presence.

For those who worship in hiding, and those who have yet to worship,
We pray for your presence.

For those who rejoice and share hope with the world,
We pray for your presence.

For those who stay silent, for fear of persecution,
We pray for your presence.

For all– divided and united, home and away, known and unknown,
We pray for your presence.

Gracious God, you have given each of us the gift of your Love even though we do not deserve it. You give us the strength and the knowledge to follow our own unique path, guided by your Word. You have chosen us and called us, rejoicing in the different interpretations we bring to Your Story.

As many try to divide us, may we feel this Love and hear your Word so that we might unite. As many try to divide us, may we stand together and sing Your praises as we drown out the words of hatred.

Your children are terrified, and they are excited. Your children yearn for an answer and they see glimpses of hope.

May we all remember, may we all see, may we all hear, may we all share Your Word, Your Light, Your Love, and Your Grace in this broken and hurting world.

Amen.

Rev. Jordan B. Davis, Church Relations

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