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Another election has come to pass in the United States, and God is still God — saving, loving, and ever present to all people and to all creation. In times of uncertainty and transition, the prophet Jeremiah speaks to us today through these timeless words of Scripture: “For I know the plans I have for you … to give you a future with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
For 20 days beginning on Nov. 6, Bread for the World members unite in prayer for our country, world, elected officials, and for all God’s beloved children who experience hunger and poverty, intensified by the two pandemics of COVID-19 and racism. A video from Rev. Eugene Cho along with Scripture verses and words for prayerful reflection over these next 20 days will be posted daily in English and Spanish at bread.org/prayer2020 and on Bread’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
Please join in lifting this prayer:
You are our refuge and strength, especially in times of tumult and uncertainty. We give thanks for the opportunity to lift our voices in another election even as the outcomes are unclear and votes continue to be counted.
Help us to set aside our anxieties and assumptions about the future and to rest in your promise of a future with hope.
Inspire in us a spirit of unity so that we might renew our commitment to working together across our differences to heal the hurt and division in our country.
In that spirit of unity, inspire us to follow in the loving footsteps of your son, Jesus Christ, as we work to end the hunger and poverty that millions of Americans and people around the world continue to endure. May our advocacy inspire in our elected leaders, both incoming and outgoing, a resolve to end this hunger and poverty once and for all.
"For I know the plans I have for you … to give you a future with hope"
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