I couldn’t watch the president’s speech last night or the rebuttal. Politics grieve me more and more. What our country needs isn’t a new spending plan but a new heart. The problems are so deep and tangled that I would be hard pressed to say that anyone is totally right or totally wrong. Everything is looked at from a human standpoint, and we’re not doing so well looking at things that way. Here is the prayer from The Book of Common Prayer entitled “For Our Country”
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage;
We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves
a people mindful of thy favor
and glad to do thy will.
Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning and pure manners.
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;
from pride and arrogancy,
and from every evil way.
Defend our liberties,
and fashion into one united people
the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.
Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust authority of government,
that there may be justice and peace at home,
and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth.
In time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail;
all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.