Fourth of July Prayer
Merciful Creator, as we observe Independence Day receive our prayers for our nation, our public officials and all those who dwell here.
Bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that we may seek truth boldly, love fearlessly, and live from deep within our hearts.
Bless us with open hearts to work together for the benefit of our common home, Earth, and all humankind.
Bless us with determination to break down the walls that separate us and to reunite us in bonds of love so that all nations and races may jointly serve each other in justice, peace and harmony.
Bless us with courage to challenge teachings of arrogance, fear, division and hatred.
Bless us with the desire to treat all beings, human and nonhuman, with respect.
Bless us with sorrow for our misdoings, our injuries to others, and the misuse of our freedom so that we may seek peace, make amends, and heal broken relationships.
Bless us with understanding that all of your creation is sacred.
Bless us with holy anger at injustice, oppression, prejudice, and exploitation of people so that we may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.
Bless us with wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect, to be kind to each other so that they may grow with peace in mind.
May it be your will that our nation be a blessing to all inhabitants of Earth.
(A compilation of Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Native American prayers)
Debbie Weber, director