Condoleeza Rice’s moving prayer stirs a nation; reminds us what leadership looks & sounds like

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The Bush Administration was far from perfect, but by and large it was filled with statesmen (and women) who loved our country and honored the God they knew was the source of our freedoms and tremendous blessings.

Contrast that to what we’ve experienced these past eight years, particularly in the State Department since Condoleeza Rice handed the reigns to Hillary Clinton in 2009, and it’s hard not to long for those days again.

The former Secretary inadvertently reminded us all of this painful fact when she offered a stirring prayer during last Sunday’s service at California’s Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. On the heels of several police shootings and the tragic officer ambush in Dallas, in the wake of so much heartbreak and strife in our nation, Ms. Rice movingly sought the only source of hope for our divided nation.

Rice prayed for the “victims of the violence of the last week, in Minnesota, in Baton Rouge, in Dallas” as well as the protection of those “who protect us … who volunteer … on the front lines of freedom.”

Addressing the country’s “birth defect of slavery” and “dark past, our history … of prejudice,” that even today “shadows our relationships with one another and sows division,” Rice continued, “But dear Heavenly Father, that is not the future that we want for our country. We do not want that division to continue to shadow our future, or the future of our children or our grandchildren. And so we turn to you. We know that there are no easy answers, but the answers will come through you.”

“As a nation and as a people, we need to race again toward you, into the embrace of your loving arms. Dear Heavenly Father, we pray for guidance, we pray for wisdom for our leaders, and we pray that each and every one of us will leave this place justified by faith and secure and confident in your deep, deep love for us.”

Rice called for Christians to “go out into the world as instruments of your peace, as instruments of the reconciliation that you seek for us,” concluding, “And that each and every day, dear Heavenly Father, we will search and ask that we can be a blessing to one another, as you have been a blessing to us. These things we ask in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.”

A Prayer for Our Nation | Condoleezza Rice from Menlo.Church on Vimeo.


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