Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder

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PRAYER AT THE NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST,
WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 2, 1978

Let us bow our heads, close our eyes, and open our hearts to the one who is greater than we.

We are so human and inadequate to the task which is ours: to serve as your trustees for the benefit of your people. Help us to be mindful that we are not alone. When we need wisdom, we need only to ask for it. You have promised to bestow it liberally. When we are weak—and if we are patient—you will renew our strength. Strengthen us.

You know that we are ordinary and often find it difficult to love our neighbors as ourselves, but we know that if we fail to love, we fail not only our neighbors, but also you. When we succumb to hatred, greed, and self-centeredness, we give you cause to revoke the trust you have placed in us.

We beseech you to move so powerfully within us that we shall be able to avert sinfulness.

We do not serve as well as we might when we follow our own counsel rather than yours. Help us to trust in you rather than to rely totally on ourselves.

Teach us to know that if we are to be successful stewards, we must be your servants. We know that we cannot solve the many difficulties which beset your people. But you can. We cannot reconcile peoples whose prejudice and narrow-sighted self-interest prevent brotherhood. But you can. We cannot infuse hope in those who despair. But you can.

Since you can do all that we cannot do, give us the good sense

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