Election Prayer

Compassionate One,

Grant strength to those who stand for hours
   in lines designed to weaken their resolve.
Guide the steps of those forced to make 
   pilgrimage to locate one lone collection box.

Guard the voters and the poll workers, keep them safe;
Let those who count ballots understand
   the sacredness of their task.
Temper the vicious and fearful condemnation of others.
Let words be spoken with kindness.
Frustrate the designs of those who seek to destroy.
Guide us out of this narrow place into which we have fallen.

Give us wisdom to see our common needs
    and ability to listen and learn from one another.
Grant us the strength to reclaim our Country’s promise
    and make that promise a reality for all Your people.

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