God of Reconciliation and of second chances,
You have never gone back on your promise of loving and sustaining us…
…as individuals or communities or nations.
No matter what we have said or done
To each other
Or to you,
You have always called us back to be reconciled to you
And to be embraced in your loving arms
With grace and mercy and forgiveness
And a renewal of the call of justice and responsibility.
In this age of angry words and divisiveness,
Guide our president as he seeks to govern
Those who agree with his plan and policies
And those who oppose him.
Help those who celebrate do so with humility,
And help those who grieve do so with hope that all is not lost.
Even in our divisions, let us be united in our desire
To do justice,
To love kindness,
And to walk humbly…together…with you.
AMEN --Pastor John, Lutheran, Ohio