God of mercy,
bless this nation of ours.
We pray for liberty,
that none may be oppressed or exploited.
We pray for democracy;
that all voices be heard, and none silenced.
We pray for peace,
that there be harmony, in which everyone’s gifts may flourish.
We pray for justice,
that no one benefit at the expense of another,
that there be a just and equal sharing of power.
We pray for a spirit of patriotism,
that we be faithful to one another as a whole.
We thank you for our freedom, and those who have protected it:
teachers who taught us to question,
neighbors who acted in covenant with one another,
those who spoke out against injustice.
We thank you for the gift of our diversity;
may we honor all people
and celebrate our rich differences.
We thank you for this land, for it is yours.
May we live in reverence for your Creation.
God of mercy, in love of our country we confess
our mistreatment of the poor, and of the land,
our abuse of power, and idolatry of our place in the world.
Temper our might with humility
and our power with compassion.
Mend our divisions, heal our fear,
and restore our love of one another.
Bless this nation,
and bless every nation the same,
for all of us are sisters and brothers.
On this Day of Inter-independence,
bless us O God, and make us a nation of justice and peace,
a nation of benevolence and generosity,
a nation of mutual sharing and cooperation,
a nation devoted to the healing of the world.
God of mercy, bless this nation,
that we may be a nation of mercy.
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About Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Steve Garnaas- is a retired United Methodist pastor. He and his wife Beth live in Maine. He often leads retreats on prayer, poetry, and renewing our language about God. He writes a lot of church music. “I am trying to be here now,” says Garnaas-Holmes.
Unfolding Light is a daily reflection rooted in a contemplative, creation-centered spirituality, often inspired by my daily walk in the woods. In poems, parables, psalms, thoughts, and the odd weather report I hope to invite readers into a spirit of presence, compassion, justice, and delight. Though these writings are rooted in the Christian story you’ll hear in them melodies of many traditions. Unfolding Light is for anyone who wants to be a part of God’s healing of the world. You can receive Unfolding Li