I wrote this prayer to say in my school’s chapel service the week of the election in 2016:
Election Day Prayer
by Beth Weaver-Kreider
Oh God, Creator of the Universe,
Creator of stars and planets and people and nations:
Make us to be spinners of webs of prayer and webs of kindness,
catching each other,
wrapping each other in silken threads
to keep us from falling.
Make us to be builders of bridges of peace,
bridges of grace,
creating firm pathways so all may walk safely
over the chasms
or meet in the middle.
Make us to be wanderers
willing to walk in the wild places,
seeking each other when distance
has broken our circles.
Make us to be dreamers and planners,
wishers and makers,
singing songs of hope and possibility,
devising a future where everyone
may find a home in Love.
For the amazing variety of wild things that I have never seen, but might someday.
For the afternoon sun shining through the quivering leaves of the little tree in the neighbors’ lawn.
For the quiet peace of a day working at my desk at home.
For the people who are working for justice.
For all the ways in which my beloveds keep me grounded.
May we love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly.