Behold America by Rev. John Wallace Suter, 1964, adapted
Behold, O God, this our beloved country:
The old, the young, the little children; rich and poor, ignorant and learned;
The laborers and mangers of industry; workers in factory and mine, office and home;
A people of many traditions, many colors, divergent hopes and fears.
Its mountains and plains, rivers and forests, its inland seas and shining coasts.
Upon this land, upon these people, pour down thy life-giving Spirit of nobility and truth.
Where there is strife, bring cooperation for the common good;
Where greed and envy abound, control us with that divine perspective which sees in every person the dignity of a growing soul;
Where interests clash, set free in us the higher impulse which seeks first thy righteous kingdom, where we may enjoy the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Behold, O Father, this our Nation.
Bless it, make it strong with thy strength, and fill it with the beauty of holiness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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