A Prayer for President-Elect Obama

Ross Wise is a friend of mine. He and wife Sharon live in the beautiful East Texas town of Gilmer. I know Ross because he’s a Kerrvert…and even more intimately than that, he’s a “Nasbillian” like me.

But, unlike me, Ross is a Baptist and a Republican. That’s why this prayer he’s written captured my attention. And I liked it so much, I thought that it worthy to pass along to you too.



Dear Father,

Thank you God for letting us live in a nation where we can choose our leaders. Thank you for a system of free elections where we can vote without fear of molestation by those who rule. Thank you for a system of government that is responsive to the wants and needs of the people. I ask you father to continue to bless this nation with the freedoms our fathers have fought and died for.

Father, please be with president elect Obama, and give him the wisdom, the patience, and the understanding to pursue the most challenging and important job in the world. Let him put away the shackles of partisan politics, and pursue what is best for the American people. Give him an understanding of the unique historic position he occupies in the history of our great nation. Let him be guided by the biblical principles of justice for the afflicted, compassion for the downtrodden, and protection for those who cannot protect themselves.

Father, please be with those who voted for Senator McCain, and let us support president elect Obama to the fullest extent that our consciences allow. We know there will be areas where we do not agree, but let us be civil and respectful in our differences of opinion.

Heal our country. Pull us together. Dissolve any rancor that might exist.

These things I humbly ask in the name of Jesus Christ,

Amen.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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