• James Shepherd

Prayers for U.S. Inauguration Day

Updated: Jan 27


We’ve all undoubtedly heard of some of the security concerns leading up to this Wednesday’s inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States - concerns of violence both in Washington D.C. and in state capitols around the U.S.

This week, many people and church congregations will be joining in prayer for Wednesday’s inauguration, showing people’s trust in prayer as a force for good. For example, a group of prominent Christian leaders is planning a three day event - today through Wednesday - to encourage unification through prayer. This is one way of showing that people don’t have to feel helpless in these situations. You can find information on this event under the social media tag #PeaceWithJustice.


Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorating his efforts to bring reform through prayer and nonviolent protest. He showed that we don’t have to feel overwhelmed and helpless when things seem too big and out of our control. He showed that we don’t have to passively sit by when we see injustice.


One of the most empowering things I’ve learned through Christian Science is that we can always have a say in how things shake out. For progress to occur, we don’t have to wait for others to change. We don’t have to try to change how anyone else thinks or acts. Nor do we need to wait for millions of others to pray along with us - though that certainly is encouraging.


Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. They’re powerful to the degree that they have behind them the goodness of God, of Truth and Love. Our prayers show us the truth of God’s goodness everywhere. They lead us to action, with compassion and love towards others - even when others might have opinions different from ours. Our prayers bring progress.


Our prayers may lead us to be more grateful for this country where folks have the right to peacefully protest to share their points of view. They might lead us to be grateful for the security personnel who are working to keep things peaceful. And they will certainly help keep everyone safe.


At the root of the divisiveness and violence gripping our country are differing views of the truth about what has gone on. Through prayer, we might better see that God is the only Mind, and that this Mind governs everyone; so everyone can better see the truth of what’s really happening. Our prayers might reveal to us a clearer view that God is infinite Love, and therefore God’s Love and goodness is all there really is. Perhaps our prayers will show us how effective our prayers can really be!


No matter how many demonstrators there may be, no matter how many security personnel, there will be millions more praying for progress, peace and unity. Those prayers are the largest force for good on the scene. I’m looking forward to praying for Inauguration Day over the next few days. And I’m looking forward to witnessing the effects of the prayers of so many during this time.

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