Independence Day Prayer
For national independence, O God, thanks and praise;
for freedoms as citizens and bonds of responsibility one to another;
for law, justice, surely mercy;
for languages we speak around our tables, at our borders.
Deliver us and all peoples from the boom of war,
“rockets’ red glare…bombs bursting.”
Forgive invasion against tribes whose home we now sing as “My country”
and help us come to peace.
Raise in us an independence shared with your other children
on this tiny, green, spinning, marble and to the ends of your realm.
prayer by bill leety, Honorably Retired Pastor