A Prayer for Government
A handful of courageous men
In a moment of danger
Pledged their lives, fortunes and honor
To proclaim a nation whose citizens’ rights
Were based, not upon the nod of king or ruler
But upon creation at your hands.
Grant to our administration
A ministry of service to all, not the few.
To our congress, the upholding of public interest
Not merely a welter of competing private claims.
To our judiciary, a wisdom in interpreting law
Grounded in principle, not expediency.
Pour Your Spirit out upon our people
So that they may become active
In the affairs of government
That they may not confuse dissent for disloyalty
That they may use their mighty power
For the healing of differences among nations
With justice and mercy and love.