don miller prayer at the dnc

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Monday, August 25th, 2008

don miller prayer at the dnc

tonight, the democratic national convention kicked off in denver. this morning, on the relevant podcast, relevant publisher cameron strang talked about turning down the invitation to give the benediction at the dnc tonight (monday) immediately after michelle’s obama’s keynote (in other words, on prime-time national television). i won’t explain the whole series of events here, but you can read about it on his blog by clicking here. without spending too much on it, i must say that i understand his decision, but definitely wouldn’t have made the same one. anyway…not the point…

the obama people still wanted it to be a young evangelical that was sort of a part of the kind of circles that cameron strang is a part of, so cameron gave don miller (author of blue like jazz, to own a dragon, etc) a call and he is now on tap to deliver the benediction. he posted his prayer on his webpage and i thought it was a captivating and powerful prayer that was worth sharing. here it is.
“Father God,
This week, as the world looks on, help the leaders in this room create a civil dialogue about our future.
We need you, God, as individuals and also as a nation.
We need you to protect us from our enemies, but also from ourselves, because we are easily tempted toward apathy.
Give us a passion to advance opportunities for the least of these, for widows and orphans, for single moms and children whose fathers have left.
Give us the eyes to see them, and the ears to hear them, and hands willing to serve them.
Help us serve people, not just causes. And stand up to specific injustices rather than vague notions.
Give those in this room who have power, along with those who will meet next week, the courage to work together to finally provide health care to those who don’t have any, and a living wage so families can thrive rather than struggle.
Hep us figure out how to pay teachers what they deserve and give children an equal opportunity to get a college education.
Help us figure out the balance between economic opportunity and corporate gluttony.
We have tried to solve these problems ourselves but they are still there. We need your help.
Father, will you restore our moral standing in the world.
A lot of people don’t like us but that’s because they don’t know the heart of the average American.
Will you give us favor and forgiveness, along with our allies around the world.
Help us be an example of humility and strength once again.
Lastly, father, unify us.
Even in our diversity help us see how much we have in common.
And unify us not just in our ideas and in our sentiments—but in our actions, as we look around and figure out something we can do to help create an America even greater than the one we have come to cherish.
God we know that you are good.
Thank you for blessing us in so many ways as Americans.
I make these requests in the name of your son, Jesus, who gave his own life against the forces of injustice.
Let Him be our example.

good stuff.