Creator God, who is more than we can comprehend,
who moved among us as One of us, to show us more love than we could imagine,
whose Spirit hovered over the waters in the beginning,
a Spirit that still gives life and breath to all that is and will be:
We pray you will hear – that you have heard, that you always hear – the cries of our hearts.
Cries for leadership and decision.
Cries for inclusion and understanding.
Cries for welcome and freedom.
Cries for safety and security.
Cries for provision, and fulfillment, and possibility.
As we conclude a wrenching and overwrought election season,
remind us of who we are, and Who we (actually) follow.
Remind us that you are God and we are not.
Lead us in paths of righteousness for YOUR name’s sake.
May we remember that you are slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
May we remember that you have called us to the same.
When we are tempted to demonize and dismiss, disrespect and disregard:
show us the created nature of EACH person in your world.
Remake us as true children of the One God.
When we are tempted to gloat and laud, glorify and boast:
show us not winners or losers but fellow citizens.
Remake our competitiveness with a desire to build a new together.
Even as we pray for the future of our nation,
we are bold to give thanks for our present hope in Jesus Christ.
Who welcomed the stranger. (Even us.)
Who loved the outcast. (Even us.)
Who sheltered the distressed. (Even us.)
Who gave food to the hungry. (Even us.)
Who proclaimed release to the captive. (Even us.)
Who poured out his own life for all. (Even us.)
What you have created, God, in your wondrous power and might,
let us treasure, and uphold, and carry on:
through all things
among all people
Your people are praying.
Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayers. Amen.