To the South Georgia Conference:
Independence Day, a.k.a. the Fourth of July, is of great significance because it connects us to the founding of this nation. While the pandemic is causing alterations in how this day is observed, it cannot prevent us from looking back with gratitude for this country that was founded 244 years ago. I want us to unite in a specific prayer for our nation.
But first, let me also remind us of Governor Kemp’s latest executive order. Issued last Monday, the order extends the public health state of emergency into the month of August. The infection rate is rising in some areas of our state and nation. We know the keys to reducing this virus: wearing a mask, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and those with underlying medical conditions staying at home. Thank you for the thoughtful ways in which you are following these practices as you launch a rolling restart of in-person gatherings appropriate to your context and your level of risk.
Please join me in this prayer** for our land:
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the way of peace.
Come into the brokenness of our lives and our land with your healing love.
Help us to be willing to bow before you in true repentance,
and to bow to one another in real forgiveness.
By the fire of your Holy Spirit, melt our hearts
and consume the pride and prejudice which separate us.
Fill us, O Lord, with your perfect love, which casts out fear,
and bind us together in that unity
which you share with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Feel free to share this prayer via social media and to use it in services of worship as well as in your personal prayer time.
Alive Together in prayer to the God of all nations,
R. Lawson Bryan
**Prayer written by Rev. Cecil Kerr