Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Two Prayers for Election Day

Under your law we live, great God,
and by your will we govern ourselves.
Help us as good citizens
to respect neighbors whose views differ from ours,
so that without partisan anger,
we may work out issues that divide us,
and elect candidates to serve the common welfare;
through Jesus Christ the lord. Amen
-The Book of Common Worship, Presbyterian Church, USA, 1946

Sovereign Lord, foolish we are, believing that we can rule ourselves by selecting this or that person to rule over us. We are at it a gain. Help us not to think it more significant than it is, but also give us and those we elect enough wisdom to acknowledge our follies. Help us laugh at ourselves, for without humor our politics cannot be humane. We desire to dominate and thus are dominated. Free us, dear Lord, for otherwise we perish. Amen
-Stanley Hauerwas, 1999

Compiled in An American Prayer Book, ed. Christopher Webber


Hot Cup Lutheran said...

"free us dear Lord or otherwise we perish"... how very true indeed.

Diane Vogel Ferri said...

Beautiful sentiments for voting day 08

Paul said...

And may you find it safe to venture forth again, Diane, as this whole thing winds down.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Thank you for this. They are both good reminders.