O God, we pray for all sorts and conditions of people:
For all who toil in the burden and heat of the day,
that they may en joy the rewards of their industry,
that they may not be defrauded of their due, and
that we may never cease to be mindful of our debt to them for making our life tolerable.
For those in authority, who have power over others,
that they may not use it for selfish advantage
but be guided to do justice and to love mercy.
For those who have been worsted in the battles of life,
whether by the inhumanity of others, their own limitations,
or the fickleness of fortune, that they may
contend against injustice without bitterness, and
learn how to accept what cannot be altered, with patience.
For the rulers of nations that
they may promote peace among the peoples
and establish justice in our common life.
For the teachers and ministers of Your power,
for artists, scientists and interpreters of the spiritual life,
that they may not corrupt the truth to which they are committed.
For prophets and seers who awaken us from our sloth,
that they may hold their torches high in a world darkened by prejudice.
O God, who has bound us together in this bundle of life,
give us the grace to understand how
our lives depend upon one another and our responsibilities to You.
— Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
[Reinhold Niebuhr was an American theologian and professor who was born on this day 120 years ago. He is perhaps best known by another prayer he wrote — The Serenity Prayer. To see the long version of this special prayer press