Just checking in. This has been a marvelous long weekend of friends, celebrating my husband's birth and hiking. I am thankful to live in this diverse and amazing country. My prayer for this particular holiday is not for God to bless America but that God would pour his blessings on our world.
In regards to my country specifically, I pray that the anger, hostility, slander, lies, violence that I have experienced personally as well as seeing every night on the news would cease. We are in desperate need of peace within our own boundaries.
I believe that this will only come through intense, intentional prayer. Humbling myself before my Maker in repentance for my behavior; behavior that does not promote peace but further deepens the conflict. Each word I speak can make a difference for good or for ill. The tongue is so small but so powerful!
Lord, thank you for my freedoms but help me to use these freedoms for your glory; making a difference in Your Kingdom, pointing the way to You with every word I speak and every action I take. Amen.