May he rule from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
who alone does marvelous deeds.
Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen. (Psalm 72:8, 18-19)
A Prayer for Canada
by Sara Davison
As we raise high and wave our flag with pride today, fill us with gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy. And fill us with compassion for those who do not know what it is to live and speak and worship freely.
As we meet with family and friends around a heavily-laden table, may our grace include a moment of silent reflection for those who don’t know how they or their children will eat today. May we show them respect, not only by exhibiting restraint, but by resolving to take one step, however small, to alleviate their suffering.
As we raise our glasses in salute to a dominion that has, as its foundation, a deep and abiding trust in you, give us an appreciation for the almost unparalleled access to health care and clean water that we enjoy. Remind us that one person, obeying your command to give water to the thirsty and food to the hungry, can change the world.
As we stand and gaze up at the heavens, in awe of the breathtaking display as fireworks streak and blaze across the night sky, may we be overwhelmed by the beauty of creation. And may we be sobered by the realization that we all have a responsibility to do what we can to take care of and save it.
And above all, as we celebrate this great country today, may we be grateful for all the blessings we have received. And, even more, may we give thanks to you, the one who has blessed us so that we, in turn, might be a blessing to others.
God, keep our land glorious and free.
(This prayer originally appeared in Sara Davison’s blog, Choose to Press On.)