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Prayer for Our Country

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
    and you will not listen?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
    and you will not save?
Why do you make me see wrongdoing
    and look at trouble?
Destruction and violence are before me;
    strife and contention arise.
So the law becomes slack
    and justice never prevails.
The wicked surround the righteous—
    therefore judgment comes forth perverted. (Habakkuk 1:2-4, NRSV)

The last week has brought 2 pandemics to the front: COVID-19 newly arrived, and racism, with us over 400 years.

Almighty Father, God of justice and peace, help our nation to take all corrective and healing action to end these pandemics. Lead us into repentance and turn us away from our false idols of wealth, violence and hatred. Lift up the voices of your prophets to make clear Your vision for the world, and open our ears to receive them. Give your children wisdom, love and resolve for peaceful action. Kindle in our hearts a holy urgency to make right what has been wrong. In the name of your Son Jesus Christ, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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