The following prayer opened today's meeting of the Dallas County Commissioners' Court.
God of many names and of all people, we approach you this morning with gratitude, humility and a sense of genuine privilege.
Thank you for hearing our petitions.
We honor you as the Creator and Sustainer of our lives in this community. We know that you have shaped and informed every positive human value—the values that make life work in the manner that you intended for every single person in a world that continues to grow smaller and smaller, though tragically divided by conflict and war.
Forgive us, O God, for our rejection of your values. Heal us from the disease, the illness of substituting counterfeit, comfortable, anemic values of our own making for those values that flow from your strong heart and your lively Spirit.
We know you are a God who honors freedom. Forgive us for the ways we have worked to limit the freedom that you want to give to everyone in equal measure. Make us champions of true liberty in this community.
We acknowledge that you are a God committed to justice, equity and fairness. Forgive us for all the ways we find to practice injustice and oppression, while building systems that are anything but inclusive and equal. Make us a people sold out to justice.
We honor you today as a God who works to deliver hope to your world. Forgive us for too often dashing the hopes of the precious people around us. Equip us with new resolve and extraordinary energy to offer ourselves as channels of hope and compassion to those who see no hope and feel no compassion this morning.
Open our eyes and our hearts to those who know poverty in this community of amazing abundance. Quicken our memory this morning that we might not forget our brothers and sisters—young and old—who have no place to call “home” in this city of mansions. Lead us so that we will not forget the prisoners, or those who are ill and unstable, or the unemployed, or those who are desperate in their loneliness.
Now O God, bless our leaders convened in this sacred place of decision making.
Pour out your wisdom upon each of these servants of yours that they might promote those things closest to your heart, while standing against those forces that limit and deny your people freedom, justice and the hope that’s born of compassion and genuine community.
We pray together with boldness this morning, knowing that you have brought us to this moment by your sustaining love and your amazing grace.
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