Prayer for Election Day

November 6, 2012

Stanley Hauerwas, my favorite theological curmudgeon, offers this prayer for election day. I especially like the part about maintaining a sense of humor. (I’m reposting from Kevin Hargaden’s blog.)

Sovereign Lord, foolish we are, believing that we can rule ourselves by selecting this or that person to rule over us. We are at it again. Help us not to think it more significant than it is, but also give us and those we elect enough wisdom to acknowledge our follies. Help us laugh at ourselves, for without humour our politics cannot be humane. We desire to dominate and thus are dominated. Free us, dear Lord, for otherwise we perish. AMEN.

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