By Stephen W. Hiemstra
Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and Earth:
We give thanks for our home, America the Beautiful,
which you have blessed from sea to shining sea—
With the rule of law and the hope for the future.
With opportunities beyond measure
for education, for health care, for meaningful work, and for worshiping you without persecution.
In this land of plenty, may we humbly remember—
that our greatest gift is your presence and blessing;
that our blessings come that we might bless others;
that you are our inheritance and we are your children.
Place your hedge of protection around us as we elect a new president.
Guide our decisions.
In the land of the free, may we humbly remember—
that you are in control.
that presidents come and go at your bidding, not ours.
In the power of your Holy Spirit,
heal our hearts, inspire our minds and guide our hands—
that we might grow closer to you each day and
that revival in this place might begin with us.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.