A New Year: fresh in prayer and presence

 

Raise up, O God, men and women who are leaders of peace.

As with Moses, who gave us the law,

And Samson gave his strength,

David was an example of courage,

Solomon was filled with wisdom and built the Temple to your glory.

Raise up also in our day, Lord,

wise, strong, courageous, and peaceful leaders to help mold your people

into a living Temple and lead us to your promised land.

Bless us with the vision of Isaiah to beat swords into plowshares,

Give us the compassion of Jeremiah to weep and comfort your people,

And imprint within us the bravery of Daniel to praise you even in the midst of oppression and hardship.

Grant us the devotion of Ruth

The commitment of Esther

The humility of Mary

Peter’s faith and Paul’s zeal

To build a new world of justice, peace, mercy and kindness and to  lead your people there.  We ask this in your most holy name.

 

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