We welcome and acknowledge You. We pray for gentle rains.
Be in our hearts and minds as we gather to become enlightened in the political process we are so blessed to be allowed full participation in. We pray that we all honor You in how we choose to participate.
We pray guidance for those who govern and seek to govern: from the local school and water boards, our Diamond Bar City Council, right on up through the Presidency. In these dynamic times, grant words of wisdom to us all.
We do not expect perfection. But we ask our leaders to be good and honorable and that the laws they create will not infringe upon what is Your authority. Remind us that solutions are not found just in the bold expert driven plan. In humility, we recognize that in our inclusive society, it is oft that from seeds of simplicity and respect for those who have a different life experience, grow the greatest ideas.
We ask You to watch over those who are serving in the military to protect us from foreign harm: the military. Watch over law enforcement as the keep us safe from domestic harm. Be with firefighters who by signing up to put their lives in danger for people they may never meet, give us heroes to look up to.
In how they conduct themselves, people who chose public safety as their life path teach us to reach for the courage that is in all of us to do what is right when it is not the same as what is easy.
As is the custom of my faith, I offer this prayer in the name of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The text is the Invocation delivered last night at the Diamond Bar Republican Women Federated. In all the reading I have ever studied regarding the thoughts of the Founding Fathers, I have found no evidence that their was ever intent to remove faith from citizen life. I also find the evidence leads to the conclusion they were more concerned with government doing harm to faith than the other way around.
The top two photos are from my personal collection. The young serviceman is my nephew, Juadon Tabor. The fire photo was taken by Jody Schmalz- used with permission.