Give wisdom to legislators

A litany for worship inspired by Psalm 72 and a new congressional session

by Ken Sehested

O God of justice, ignite the hearts of our legislators with your commitment to truth and your demand for justice.

Give them wisdom to match their passion, intelligence to match their zeal.

May their eyes be sharp enough to behold Your vision of righteousness.

May their ears catch the cries of all who are despoiled and devoured.

May their hands be large enough to reach across the rancor in our land.

Stiffen their resolve to oppose all who deal in corruption and deceit.

This is what the Advocate demands of our leaders:

Deliver the needy when they cry out.

Aid those who have no voice.

Redeem those who suffer oppression and violence.

We shall bless our leaders as they fulfill these duties. Inasmuch, long may they reign!

In so doing, we sanctify the One who ordains the Reign of Justice and the Epiphany of Peace.

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©Ken Sehested @ Inspired by Psalm 72, 4 Jan 2007, pastoral prayer in light of the swearing in of the 110th U.S. Congress