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Prayer for a beleaguered government

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The Senate vote on the articles of impeachment of the President of the United States impels people to grapple with issues of utmost magnitude. A contributor to this column offers his prayer.

Dear God, show me how to know, how to judge. Who it is that leads us. Show me how to heal a house divided.

Wash me of prejudice. Rid me of reaction. May love dissolve all hatred, all contempt in my thought. Free me from the animal nature that seeks its answers in revenge, or feels false safety in sympathy.

Deliver me from mere opinions, from being influenced by opinion. You've made me able to hear Your wisdom; make me willing to listen.

Father and Mother of us all, I want to see the pure reality of Your government, the spiritual design of being. Show me today more of Your indivisible allness, incorruptible compassion, unchanging good. Reveal more of what I am - what all women, men, children, truly are - as Your flawless nature expressed in sparkling, faithful lives.

Disclose to me the universal Christ, Your message to the world this day, every day - the message of Life, revealing the spirituality that animates us; the voice of Truth, bathing us in graciousness. Teach me how to love, live, think, and act as Your child.

I love Your law. It is so simple. I cannot be made to mistake it. One God who is Love. One beneficent Mind that is governing all. Each one made to love his or her neighbor. Made to love those who now seem to be enemies.

Where Your love flows (and love knows no dam or border), fear has no footing, no agenda, no advocate, no audience. Help me to see my way through news and noise. May I be awake and clear and distinct, no part of a mass to be mesmerized. Make me wide-open to Your intuitions. They sound deep within, where humility recognizes truth, and where anxiety has no home.

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