Friday, January 29, 2010

Invocation

Our Father in Heaven,
We come to You humbly, God before country. We thank you to live a in a land where this is allowed to be normal.

We thank You that we, people of many faiths, ethnic origins; from many levels of wealth and education are able to meet together, to listen and learn. We ask You to bless all who gather here. Reach into our deepest consciousness. Open our hearts. Help us to learn what is Your will; that we will dedicate our political efforts wisely.

Many of us are concerned. We are concerned that there are those who believe the state is Almighty. We pray for the knowledge, love and determination to meaningfully change wrong priorities.

Last night many of us watched and listened to the State of the Union address. Help us to use our perplexity with how some elected leaders in Washington DC are campaigning, when they should be governing.

Many of us would like to ask that President Barack Obama apologize to the Supreme Court. We believe he told a falsehood about a decision they made under the color of his authority- and if that is right, that is wrong.

We ask you help us find the words and the courage to persuade those who do not understand that when we disagree with them, it is not because we are not listening. Help us to demonstrate listening is an active process. We believe that we are governed by consent of the people. Grant us steadfastness, that we will not ever be bullied into submission.

We acknowledge our own shortcomings. When we confuse beautifully delivered words with truth, we shortchange the intellect you created is with. Teach us words and actions to dispel questions of our integrity and heart with dignity.

As this is my faith, I offer this prayer in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Invocation given the Diamond Bar Republican Women Federated
Jan 28, 2010

Copywrited Image by Gene Sasse

Yes, I wondered if this was the right venue to post this prayer on. When I re-read the two highlighted sentences.... this prayer was offered from my core principals. To only say it to people who largely agree with me, that denies the opportunity of a teaching moment.


I understand, I may not like what comes back in such a public forum. Have at it.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lydia,

Your prayer couldn't be more meaningful, thoughtful and from the heart. I enjoyed it very much last night as you delivered it but especially pleased to be able to read those words and ponder them.

Very good. We are blessed to have you as our Chaplin as you give so much in your words.

It was a wonderful evening.

Hugs, Trisha

Lydia said...

Thank you Trish. The honor has been mine.