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With Liberty & Justice For ALL

July 3, 2017

The closing phrase of the original Pledge of Allegiance, before the phrase “under God” was added as a result of the Red Scare and McCarthy’s witch hunts which helped to divide rather than unite this nation… “One nation, indivisible; with liberty and justice for all.”

One nation, indivisible

God, you were added for some reason

Yet, Lord, your name has been taken in vain

It is our small-minded, and rigid definitions 

Those definitions which divide, rather than unite us

Today we build walls, literally and spiritually

We hide behind these walls

We take aim and shoot at those who are different

Take aim and shoot at ones created in YOUR image

On this Eve as we prepare to celebrate this nation’s Declaration of Independence 

Help us to realize, Lord that we have NOT arrived

Help us to humbly pray to you

To Allah, to Adonai, to you Eternal One

To you who’s names are many

To you who’s love is one

For this nation, fractured and broken

For this nation, who’s leaders show contempt and distain for the very ones you call us to protect and defend

The widows

The orphans

The poor

The truly oppressed

Lord, I beg you, help me

Lord, I bet you, help us

Help us to work towards that day

When Liberty and Justice are truly for ALL

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace 

Grant Us your Peace

A Peace which unites rather than divides

As your servant, Dr King said

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend

And as Jesus said

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God

Again I pray, Dona Nobis Pacem 

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