I watched a bit of the Inauguration ceremonies. If our new President wants to Make America Great Again, he started with a whole lot of God and Country patriotism that frankly, was moving to me in a sentimental way. I am a baby-boomer. A child of the 60’s before and after the country changed for good. I remember Kennedy. I remember his assassination. I remember Bobby and King and Nixon and Viet Nam and Kent State and Impeachment hearings and Iran and Iraq, in no particular order.
I have seen the devastation of our country, its families, and churches, and common life. So the appeal to MAGA is both hopeful and somewhat nostalgic.
I love our country and I love the pomp and ceremony of grand state occasions. Those scenes of pageantry and prayer reminded me of black-and-white flickering images from my TV set in the early part of my childhood. Praying for Donald? Not even a question. I will. I must!
But how? I posted a full version of this blog post at LeaderWorks. But here are two of the prayers cited there.
O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to your merciful care, that, being guided by your Providence, we may dwell secure in your peace. Grant to Donald, the new President of the United States wisdom and strength to know and to do your will. Fill him with the love of truth and righteousness, and make him ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in your fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer 1979, p. 820)
God our creator, help everyone to share in the good gifts that you have given to us. May those who lead the nations of the world be given wisdom. Especially we pray for Donald, our new President, that you would fill him with all the gifts and blessing he must have to fulfill the solemn task before him. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Canon David has over 35 years of local congregational ministry, diocesan and national involvement, leadership, and ministry experience and is the founder of Leaderworks. He was the founding Rector/Pastor, Christ Church, Plano and currently serves as the Strategic Leader and Dean, Diocese of C4SO.