Brethren in Christ,
Yesterday on the Feast of the Epiphany, a day in which we as Christians look to the light of Christ, events of great darkness took place in the capitol of our country. Individuals attempted to use violence and intimidation to circumvent a process which was created and has been upheld by individuals of different parties and opinions for over two hundred years. Tragically, as such behavior so often does, this behavior ended in death and destruction. I recognize that many people are fearful and living in pain right now. It is in such times that we must remember that it is out of darkness that light shines and that Jesus is the light of the world. It is our responsibility as a community of Christ to pray for the people of our nation and I ask you to do so, using the words found in our Book of Common Prayer (p. 820):
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage:
We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will.
Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners.
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;
from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.
Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes
brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.
Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust
the authority of government, that there may be justice and
peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we
may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth.
In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness,
and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail;
all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Remember, sisters and brothers, that prayer works, but it does not relieve us of our responsibility to enact our civic responsibilities knowing that God’s will for us is justice, love, and peace.
For further wisdom and comfort, please view the wise words of our diocesan bishop, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Marc Andrus, found at this link and those of our presiding bishop, The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, found here.
God is present.