Friday, July 4, 2008

A Prayer on July 4th

The genius in which You created all that I can see, hear, smell and touch is amazing to me, Father. Earth, sky, water, hang in a fine balance providing what we need to live. Thank you, Father, for Your creation. Thank you for this world in which You intended for us to live, abundantly and content.

Forgive us, Father, for neglecting your creation. Instead we wildly search for temporary and yet unsatisfying means of happiness. Forgive us when we sit proudly in our freedom land forgetting that You are the reason for the freedom. Forgive us when our eyes rest on the flag more frequently than Your cross.

This world that You created for our enjoyment and contentment is in desperate need of Your peace. Your creation is striving against itself and blindly striking out against unknown and invisible enemies. Only You can restore what is being torn apart. Your peace is what we seek and need.

You said that you came that we might have life and live life abundantly. Help us to rediscover the meaning of those words. Help us not to resignedly sit back, with arms folded, waiting for the end. Give us Your eyes to see the kingdom You created and to work towards the healing of Your creation with all our heart, soul and mind. Amen.

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