Independence Day: A Prayer and A Reflection
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.
– Psalms 33: 12.
Eternal God, stir our minds and stimulate our hearts with a high sense of patriotism on this Fourth of July. May all that this day symbolizes renew our faith in freedom, our devotion to democracy, and redouble our efforts to keep a government of the people, by the people, and for the people truly alive in our world.
Grant that we may highly resolve on this great day to dedicate ourselves anew to the task of ushering in an era when good will shall live in the hearts of a free people, justice shall be the light to guide their feet, and peace shall be the goal of humankind: to the glory of your holy name and the good of our nation and of all mankind. Amen.
– Prayer offered in Congress by Chaplain, Rev. Edward G. Latch, D.D. Wednesday 1974