An Epiphany Prayer for Our Nation
"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." -- Ephesians 4:3
Beloved in Christ, we sit on the cusp of Epiphany, at that very moment when the Christ light shines in the darkness and God promises that the darkness cannot overcome it. The wise men of ancient times followed that heavenly star to the source of true light, the life of all people. And they did so in perilous times, when violence and fear threatened the peace.
Please join me in prayer for our nation in perilous times, as we ask God to equip us to embody the compassion of Christ as agents of reconciliation and peace.
“Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth, of all that was, is or ever will be. In this defining moment of our nation’s history:
We pray for wisdom for the presiding and newly elected leaders of our country. Grant them the courage of conviction to effectively lead those they serve.
We pray for protection for those who uphold the law and keep the peace. Increase their clarity and strengthen their compassion towards all.
We pray for assurance for those who fear an uncertain future. Embrace them in love, and lead them in light.
We pray for peace, peace where there is no peace. Restore and reconcile us to one another and to you.
In all things:
we proclaim your serenity to accept the things we cannot change,
we embody your courage to change the things we can, and
we ask for wisdom to know the difference,
as we commit to unity of Spirit in the name
of the Prince of Peace.”
The Rev. Dr. Anna V. Copeland
Community Church of Vero Beach, Florida
Epiphany, January 6, 2021
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