Prayer for Our Elected Leaders
Editor’s Note: In response to the November 4 elections, Cathy Warner, a lay member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference and a well known writer, penned a prayer for elected leaders. Due to the positive response the prayer received within her (San Jose) district, she has consented to share it here with the Conference.
calling them forth for such a time as this.
elected to represent the rich and poor, young and old,
citizens and residents, the rainbow of ethnicities
populating our cities and towns and all in between.
to speak for us in our communities
in our states, in this nation
and in this one world we all call home.
to promote the greater good
that they will be guided in their public
and private lives by the teachings
of Jesus and his church that call
for right relationships between people
for stewardship of the Earth
and for justice that places in the forefront
the needs of the hungry, poor, sick, and oppressed.
of the trust we have placed in their hands.
responsibilities and expectations
on their shoulders.
that they will not be sacrificed
to the demands of public office
and that the spirit of love will reign
in their homes and hearts.
for the peaceful transition of power
our founders sought, and yet we need
healing from the polarizing division
of political campaigns. We pray for those
who find both hope and fear as the
results of our votes.
Barack Obama and for the symbol he has become:
for many, of possibility; for others, a threat.
where racial hatred still festers in our
on you and on one another. Keep us always
in prayer and in good will for those who
give their lives to service.