On June 8 (which is a pretty great day), 1783, the 1st President of these United States, George Washington, wrote a Prayer for our country that was then copied and sent to the governors of the States. With another election under our belts and with this Sunday being Veterans Day, and the 100th year anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the War to end all Wars, World War I, it seemed fitting to share and consider his prayer:
Almighty GOD; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection, that thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States of America at large.
And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of The Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation.
Grant our supplication, we beseech thee, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen
[From Song and Service Book for Ship and Field edited by Ivan I. Bennett, United States Government Printing Office, 1942]