Shadows around us, shadows above us,
Never conceal our Savior and Guide;
Christ is the Light, in Christ is no darkness;
Always we're walking close to Christ's side.
Your throne, O God, endures for ever and ever,
a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom;
you love righteousness and hate iniquity.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia,
and the music of strings from ivory palaces makes you glad.
Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel Phil 1:27
Lord, dearest Lord, Our nation is hurting. People are crying out for deliverance. People are still trapped in their houses, becoming sick and ill and dying. Political factions cry out against each other. People want to place blame. People are becoming angry and frustrated. Bring us together, God, to the task before us. The tasks of rescue and rebuilding. Soothe the tears of those who mourn. Hear the cries of the perishing and grant them mercy. Help us to live our lives worth of the Good News of Christ. Help us stand firm in one spirit -- Your spirit.
Grant healing to this nation. There is a balm is Gilead. Pour our your Holy Spirit like a soothing balm on your people. Annoint the rescue workers, the doctors, the volunteers, the homeowners who are offering their spare bedrooms. Heal our nation. Amen.