as You created all people in Your image,
we thank You for the splendid variety
of races and cultures in the world.
May we see Your creative genius
in all those who differ from us,
and may we love them as much
as we love those who are similar to us.
Bless those who hold office
in the government of this Nation and State,
that they may do their work in a spirit
of wisdom, kindness, and justice.
Help them to use their authority
to serve faithfully and to promote
that which is in the interest of all.
Prevail over the wicked intentions of those
who use violence to achieve their ends.
Fortify the peace makers in our midst.
Help us all to seek the peace
that passes human understanding
that we may dwell together in unity.
Through the Prince of Peace,
who lives and rules to all eternity.
Prayer adapted from A Book of Morning and Evening Prayers by Bud Roufs, self-published, 2005.
Paul Emmel is a retired pastor in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, having served as a parish pastor, a correctional chaplain for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and a hospital chaplain and a community counselor. As a retired pastor, Paul continues to serve the Lord and His people, including establishing the Minnesota South District’s “Pastors to Prisoners” ministry.