"Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your
mercy, keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety,
as we wait
in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ."
Lord, as we face threats from our enemies, we turn our face to you for
deliverance. You are mighty, O Lord, and you are able to deliver us from all the
plotting of evil people.
As your people, O Lord, we are not afraid to face the truth of the threats
that surround us. We know they are there, and we do not find our peace by
pretending they aren't.
Yet we, Your people, are able to see a larger truth. We see the truth that
You alone are God, and that all the earth is in Your hands. The winds, the
waves, and the paths of the human heart, are under Your Sovereign control.
You allow us, O God, to live in the shadow of death, but you also allow us to
know that You have conquered death by the resurrection of Your Son.
You allow us, O God, to experience anxiety, but you also allow us to know
that peace which surpasses all understanding, which the world cannot
give and which none can take away.
You allow us, O God, to be tested, but you also allow us to triumph.
You alone are God. In You alone, we are bold enough to say to those who hate
us: "We are not afraid of you or your co-conspirators. We are Americans, and
we are Christians. We have been through the fire before. The flag still flies
and the Cross still stands. Secure in the shadow of both, we will neither be
afraid nor distracted. We will serve our God, we will live our lives, we will
love our country -- and long after you and your plots against America are gone and
forgotten, we will still be celebrating our freedom and proclaiming the glorious
name of our Savior."