Sunday, August 30, 2009

Prayer For Our Nation

I found this Jefferson prayer today on the Net.

Thomas Jefferson
A Prayer for the Nation

Almighty God, Who has 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 ministry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people, the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the 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 of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.*

—Washington D.C., March 4, 1801

* -Thomas Jefferson, as quoted in “The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson” (NY: Random House, 1944), p.341


Lily said...

Pretty much says it all... Praise be to Him in the sunshine and the storm.

Lynn said...

It really does, doesn't it.

I did not know who had written it when I began reading it. I thought WOW. I wish I was so articulate, expressive and heartfelt; so before finishing I looked for the writer's name: Thomas Jefferson. lol Good grief! No wonder. :D

Daisy Soap Girl said...

OMG! How beautiful! And still relevant! Prayers never grow old! Glad I ventured here today Lynn