Daily Prayer for National Unity and Healing
God of wisdom and mercy, grant us patience to listen; compassion to be open to other views and opinions; generosity to forgive and grace to change. As you taught us to love our neighbor, compel us to be healing instruments of unity and reconciliation. We pray that you give us strength as we encourage our nation to move forward in unity. Amen.
January 16, 2017, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, celebrating the life of one of America’s greatest moral heroes.
Just four days later on January 20 a new administration is inaugurated in Washington DC. The Sisters of St. Joseph have created and shared a calendar called “100 Days of Prayer” in keeping with the new administration’s first 100 days in office.
In 12 words or less each day the prayers encourages unity and reconciliation and offer support to people who may be vulnerable to policy changes. Here is the first installment for January:
January 20. For guidance for our elected officials to make decisions that respect human dignity.
January 21. All join together to abolish racism, sexism and extremism. <link>
January 22. For our personal commitment to make changes that protect our Earth. <link>
January 23. For a political commitment to address the root causes of migration.
January 24. That we seek to build bridges amongst our diverse communities.
January 25. That we hold elected leaders accountable to protect our vulnerable communities.
January 26. For the support and solidarity of refugees who are forced to abandon their homes.
January 27. For equal education for all children. <link>
January 28. For the future of health care coverage for the poor. <link>
January 29. To recognize and affirm acts of kindness.
January 30. That global trade decisions protect our Earth and natural resources.
January 31. Guide our leaders that they respect the rights of those they represent.