What are you praying for today? It is, of course, the National Day of Prayer. This day was signed into being by Harry S. Truman, originally as a Spring counterpart to Thanksgiving. The idea was that Americans, from all faith backgrounds, would take a day to give thanks and to offer prayers for the United States and her leaders.
Today I’m struck by how this interfaith and ecumenical celebration has been dominated by more fundamentalist Christian messages. To be fair, those of that ilk of Christianity are great promoters and unashamed about talking about their faith, something others streams of Christianity and other religions don’t do quite as well. It’s not a bad thing that a nation as diverse as the United States comes together to pray to their own understanding of the holy. So what might you pray for today for our nation. Here is my prayer list on this National Day of Prayer
That our nation might be welcoming to the stranger, the immigrant, and the refugee
That we might pay more attention to those who are marginalized in our midst. I pray that we see the gifts and graces they have to offer and that we might see our collective responsibility to care for those on the margins.
That we truly follow God’s command to care for creation. Many our actions and policies reflect God’s call to care for creation.
That people of differing faiths come find common ground so that we can work together to bring God’s shalom to this nation and the world.
That people of faith be allies to and advocates for those in the LGBTQ community.
Remembering that Jesus healed those on the margins, let us not forget those on the margins when talking about healthcare.
That we may be honest about and willing to have difficult conversations about the systemic racism that exists in many of our institutions.
That we may show respect for and listen to those with whom we disagree.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.