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America Confess a Prayer of Rev. Peter Marshall

What I had written for today's musings is not a proper response given the current events of the day at the US Capitol.

In fact, I am not sure I have words. So while I was sitting here watching the horrors in DC I was drawn to the words of a former Chaplain of the US Senate Rev. Peter Marshall. (who was a Presbyterian by the way.)

This prayer is entitled "America Confesses" and I would like to share it with you.

Please continue to pray for our nation and one another.

“America Confesses” Our Father, bring to the remembrance of Thy people Thine ancient time-honored promise: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” We – this company of Thy people assembled – would begin now to meet the conditions that will enable Thee to fulfill Thy promise. May all of America come to understand that right-living alone exalteth a nation, that only in Thy will can peace and joy be found. But, Lord, this land cannot be righteous unless her people are righteous, and we, here gathered, are part of America. We know that the world cannot be changed until the hearts of man are changed. Our hearts need to be changed. We therefore confess to Thee that: Wrong ideals and sinful living have cut us off from Thee. We have been greedy. We have sought to hide behind barricades of selfishness; shackles have imprisoned the great heart of America. We have tried to isolate ourselves from the bleeding wounds of a blundering world. In our self-sufficiency we have sought not Thy help. We have held conferences and ignored Thee completely. We have disguised selfishness as patriotism; our arrogance has masqueraded as pride. We have fritted away time and opportunities while the world bled. Our ambitions have blinded us to opportunities. We have bickered in factory and business, and sought to solve our differences only through self-interest. Lord God of Hosts, forgive us! O God, by Thy guidance and Thy power may our beloved land once again become God’s one country, a nation contrite in heart, confessing her sins; a nation keenly sensitive to all the unresolved injustice and wrong still in our midst. Hear this our prayer and grant that we may confidently expect to see it answered in our time, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. -- Clay Gunter

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