The Post About the DNC

I have been keeping a close eye on the Democratic National Convention this week. Not just because I consider myself a shiny blue dot in a really red state, but mainly because I haven't made up my mind for whom to cast my vote. Of course, this event is more pep rally, than issues dissesction; so, I haven't been recruited for the Obama Biden team quite yet. I will give equal attention to the Republicans on display in St. Paul and then wait for the lightbulb to go off. Hopefully, before November 4.

One sight that was good to see was one of my favorite authors, Donald Miller, leading the arena in prayer on the opening night of the convention. Here is a transcript of his conversation with the big G:

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.

Help 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.

I think I will pray that in agreement.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Jamie!

    If you want some neat backstory to Donald Miller praying at the convention, check this out...




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