God Bless America

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O Lord, Whose power is infinite and wisdom infallible, order things that they may neither hinder, nor discourage him,  nor prove obstacles to the progress of Thy cause. Stand between him and all strife, that no evil befall,  no sin corrupt his gifts, zeal, attainments. May he follow duty and not any foolish device of his own. Permit him not to labour at work which Thou wilt not bless, that he may serve thee without disgrace or debt. Let him dwell in Thy most secret place under thy shadow, where is safe impenetrable protection from  the arrow that flieth by day, the pestilence that walketh in darkness, the strife of tongues, the malice of ill-will, the hurt of unkind talk, the snares of company, the perils of youth, the temptations of middle life, the mournings of old age, the fear of death. May he be entirely dependent upon Thee for support, counsel, consolation. Uphold him by Thy free Spirit, and may he not think it enough to be preserved from falling, but may he always go forward, always abounding in the work Thou givest him to do. Strengthen him by Thy Spirit in his inner self for every purpose of his Christian life. May he give all his jewels to the shadow of the safety that is in Thee—his name anew in Christ, his body, soul, talents, character, his success, wife, children, friends, work, his present, his future, his end. Take them, may they be Thine, and may he be thine, now and for ever. 

(From The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers and devotions- tweaked just slightly).
 

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6 Responses to God Bless America

  1. KathyB! says:

    Amen!

    And on an unrelated note… I meant to link to outside voice for my little academic powerhouse dig. What in the heckity-heck is wrong with me?! You always have such thought provoking posts, though, so I can see how I got confused… that’s why the post was called D-O-R-K!

  2. rakuchick says:

    ‘Beautiful, and Amen! (Thanks)

  3. jesurgislac says:

    I liked this inaugural prayer:

    And God, we give you thanks for your child Barack, as he assumes the office of President of the United States.

    Give him wisdom beyond his years, and inspire him with Lincoln’s reconciling leadership style, President Kennedy’s ability to enlist our best efforts, and Dr. King’s dream of a nation for ALL the people.

    Give him a quiet heart, for our Ship of State needs a steady, calm captain in these times.

    Give him stirring words, for we will need to be inspired and motivated to make the personal and common sacrifices necessary to facing the challenges ahead.

    Make him color-blind, reminding him of his own words that under his leadership, there will be neither red nor blue states, but the United States.

    Help him remember his own oppression as a minority, drawing on that experience of discrimination, that he might seek to change the lives of those who are still its victims.

    Give him the strength to find family time and privacy, and help him remember that even though he is president, a father only gets one shot at his daughters’ childhoods.

    And please, God, keep him safe. We know we ask too much of our presidents, and we’re asking FAR too much of this one. We know the risk he and his wife are taking for all of us, and we implore you, O good and great God, to keep him safe. Hold him in the palm of your hand – that he might do the work we have called him to do, that he might find joy in this impossible calling, and that in the end, he might lead us as a nation to a place of integrity, prosperity and peace.

  4. evenshine says:

    Ooooh- nice. I didn’t get to hear that one since I was teaching all through the festivities. Source?

  5. jesurgislac says:

    That was from the prayer by Bishop Robinson of New Hampshire, at the opening inaugural event at the Lincoln Memorial: you can read the full text on the website of the Episcopal Diocese, and watch a video at Christianity Today.

  6. jesurgislac says:

    Comment in moderation – I put in two links.

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