May we all offer a prayer for unity among the nation and the world. May this prayer be heartfelt and continual. May our words be a mere preview of the actions we take. May the unity we long for come about because of mutual respect and love for one another and not violence or military might. May the God of all creation, sustainer and victor over all people, times and places bring us to our knees in repentance for our country. May we as God’s children and leaders among His people accept the mantle of leadership given by God. May we lead with kindness, honor and respect for all people. Amen.