Yesterday I was asked by Holly Hight at Bread for the World to contribute a prayer for their Budget Crisis Prayer Vigil on Twitter and Facebook. I don’t usually like to get involved in political issues but as I thought about it this morning I realized that it was too important for me not to. It is also too important to restrict to a single prayer and so I have decided to write several Light for the Journey prayers throughout the day as I pause in my daily work to pray for this very grim situation.
As an Australian who has only recently become an American citizen I struggle with all that is going on. The political posturing, the seeming indifference of the impact on both the poor and the middle class amazes me. The lack of respect towards the president and some of the racial overtones to the vitriol that is flying also appalls me.
Do they realize I wonder that this has the potential to plunge not just this country’s economy but the whole global economy into a far worse recession than the one we are just coming out of? And I can tell you that if that happens it will not be the crazy politicians who refuse to listen to reason that will suffer. It is the poor and the vulnerable and more and more the middle class as well. I have already posted 2 prayers this morning and will continue to do so throughout the day.
Bread for the World will live tweet the event using the hashtag #circleofprotection: www.twitter.com/bread4theworld So you might like to follow along there. Here are my 2 prayers so far (which I forgot to add the hashtag to.) If you like you can also add prayers to this post that I will make sure are reposted on twitter. Blessings
God in this time of budget crisis
Be with those who make decisions
Speak through those who are wise
Silence those who are foolish
Help them decide with justice in mind
God who offers abundance and plenty where we expect scarcity,
Provide for all those who are hungry and in need of food today.
God who lives amongst us, hear our prayer