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Prayer for the Inauguration (2017)
God, bless this country as we mark a new administration.
Some are jubilant, some in anguish, and we all seek direction
And your guidance in restoring the bonds of community
And the will towards the Common Good as we move forward.
Help us all to commit to peaceful gatherings and celebrations,
To deep reflection, and to respectful dialogues
During this transition of government in the U.S.,
So our country can begin to heal from division and distrust
And so we may begin to find our way
Toward a truly just and peaceful society.
God, bless all newly elected and newly appointed officials:
Guide them to consider the sacred inalienable rights of every person
As they deliberate and decide on policies and programs
That will touch so many lives in these states
Which so need to be united once again in common purpose:
That every person in this land is recognized as created equal,
And that in order to form a more perfect Union,
We must, as our Constitution directs us,
Establish justice, promote domestic tranquility,
And the general welfare of the entire community,
In order to secure Your blessings
On this land and on all who live here.
Lord, hear our prayers. Amen.
— Jane Deren, Ph.D.
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