A Prayer for Our Country   5 comments

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1.  I have modified a prayer from The Book of Worship for Church and Home (1965), of The Methodist Church, by updating archaic language and modifying some punctuation.  Language changes, as reading a prayer from a 45-year-old book indicates.

2.  I say this prayer for the United States of America, of which I am a native-born citizen.  Others might say if for another nation-state, however.  That is appropriate, as the prayer befits any sovereign nation.

3.  The Prayer:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, bless our country that it may be a blessing to the world.  Keep us from hypocrisy in feeling or action.  Grant us sound government and just laws, good education and a clean press, simplicity and justice in our relations with one another, and, above all, a spirit of service which will abolish pride of place and inequality of opportunity; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

4.  This spirit of this prayer reminds me of a lovely hymn, “This is My Song,” with words by Lloyd Stone and Georgia Harkness.   The music comes from “Finlandia,” by Jean Sibelius.

This is my song, Oh God of all the nations,
A song of peace for lands afar and mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
Here are my hopes, my dreams, my sacred shrine.
But other hearts in other lands are beating,
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
And sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine.
But other lands have sunlight too and clover,
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
Oh hear my song, oh God of all the nations,
A song of peace for their land and for mine.

May truth and freedom come to every nation
May peace abound where strife has raged so long;
That each may seek to love and build together,
A world united, righting every wrong.
A world united in its love for freedom,
Proclaiming peace together in one song.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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