Updated: Jan 23

One Nation Under God. That phrase used to mean something to the people of the United States. And for anyone who has ever served in the armed forces, so too do the following words, taken from the Oath of Enlistment: I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic

After the horrific events that took place in our nation's capital yesterday, with domestic terrorists, common thugs, rampaging through the sacred halls of the Capitol, desecrating and vandalizing the House and Senate chambers, encouraged and supported by the highest elected leader of our nation, I wonder what words matter these days? With four deaths as a result of yesterday's insurrection, we are reminded that words have the power of life and death. So, let us choose life! As a parishioner messaged me last week: Only when the love of power is replaced by the power of love, will we know peace. Pray with me for the restoration of this democracy and nation that we may once again be that "great city on the hill" and "a light to the nations"! Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: We come before you, humbly asking that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your gracious favor and glad to do your will. Bless our great nation with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure civility. Save us from violence, discord, hatred, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought to these shores out of many nationalities and ethnicities, kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in your Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we may show forth your praise and truth among all the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, allow our trust in you not to fail; all this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessings! Grace! Peace! Joy! And Love to each of you! Keith

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