Tuesday, October 1, 2013

As the U.S. government shutdown begins ...

Without sitting in judgement over who's at fault but thinking about who'll be hurt as our national leaders drive into deadlock, a thought from the 1979 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (p. 826):

36. For the Oppressed

Look with pity, O heavenly Father, upon the people in this land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Have mercy upon us. Help us to eliminate our cruelty to these our neighbors. Strengthen those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all. And grant that every one of us may enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.