So, Bishop Lee sent out an email and made a post about NATO, encouraging us all to pray for the dignitaries and for the protesters. He included a nice prayer:
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, and especially the hearts of the leaders who gather now in Chicago, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Maybe I'm a bad Episcopalian (or a bad Christian) or maybe I'm just in a funny mood because my uterus is complaining, but my thoughts turned to more practical prayers:
Grant, O God, that traffic may not be so gridlocked despite the 100-some motorcades to and from O'Hare, that the buses pass through easily, and that the trains not be too overcrowded. Please forgive us our swearing when we must get up before the crack of dawn in order to get to work on time, and grant that our commute home may be swift and painless. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Grant, O God, that the protesters stay peaceful, and please whack them on the upside of their collective heads if they try to instigate a riot or taunt the police into arresting them, so that the protesters may be knocked out by your Almighty Hand and wake up when NATO is over, thus avoiding riots. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Got other prayers? Please share! The more prayers, the better, right?
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