I have no doubt that many of you, like I, sat in front of the TV this afternoon in absolute horror as an angry mob stormed the Capitol in Washington, DC. People from both sides of the aisle, those with polar opposite political views, are stunned and condemning the action in unison.
I am not here to debate political views. You have your beliefs and I have mine and it is doubtful that either of us can convince the other to change. One thing that we can do together is pray for this country.
Father, hear my prayer. I love my country and feel overwhelming grief over today's events. This past year has taken a toll on us all. We are weary from the pandemic and racial unrest. A normal election year can wear on anyone's nerves but this election and subsequent claims of voter fraud have pushed us all to the limits of patience.
We are exhausted from not being heard. We feel marginalized as our concerns are casually dismissed by leaders.
Still, this is no excuse for rioting and violence. It is no excuse for attempting to disrupt a central, and generally routine, process in our democracy.
Please, Father, heal our land. Perhaps we have become to comfortable as the greatest nation in history. Maybe we take our bounty for granted. Help us to see that all that we have is all from You. Help us to understand that we are not deserving of such riches and easy lives and it is only by your grace that we enjoy our many blessings.
Help us to remember what it means to be a Christian and to love others as you love everyone. Unconditionally and simply without judgment. We need to learn how to accept others' views, even if we don't agree with them. We need to treat each other with kindness and humility.
Thank you, Lord, for your many blessings. We have done nothing to deserve all that we have and we need to practice more gratitude.
Please guide our leaders as they face such enormous challenges in the coming days and months. Give them wisdom, patience, and understanding.