This is July 4th week – the time we remember and celebrate the founding of our nation. As we pause to reflect and give thanks, I would like to share a prayer with you from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. Even through the language is dated, the thoughts and prayers still ring true today.
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. AMEN.