Independence Weekend Prayer for Unity

 This prayer includes a short, optional illustration. Leave out the optional illustration, or modify it, for use on other occasions. 

VOICE ONE Psalm 133

How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!

It is like the precious oil on the head,

running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron,

running down over the collar of his robes.

It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion.

For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.

 

VOICE TWO: Optional Illustration

On this Independence Weekend, I long for our neighborhoods and nation to experience the freedom of this psalm- the freedom of true unity. I long for the dividing walls to come crashing down. I long for an end to destructive division.

In this Psalm, the goodness of God-breathed unity is compared to the anointing of Aaron as high priest and dew on the mountains of Hermon and Zion in Israel.

True unity is precious, like sacred, costly oil or a trusted source of water in the wilderness.

True unity brings abundant blessing to an entire community. It is generous and lavish. There is so much oil it runs down Aaron’s beard and on to his robe. There is so much dew it can sustain plants, animals, and people on a rugged mountainside.

True unity means goodness for all. It is pervasive, crossing unjust boundaries. The anointing oil is mixed with spices so the aroma pervades the gathering. The dew makes way for fragrant flowers, fruits, and crops which are enjoyed by the whole community.

True unity is holy and unique. The oil is set apart for the ritual anointing of a priest or king. It is used for no other purpose. Mount Hermon is set apart for its height and snow, the highest point in the region at over 9,000 feet. Mount Zion in Jerusalem is set apart for the worship of God. True unity sets a group of people apart, a rare and beautiful light in our world.

VOICE ONE OR ALL:

Holy God

One yet Three

Reach into the abundance of your companionship to

Bring forth unity and healing in our land

Pour out peace on violent homes and hearts

Shower compassion on selfish and short-sighted motives

Rain down justice, generosity, and goodness

     so all are covered in blessing and harmony and life

Forevermore

Forevermore

Amen

Independence Weekend Prayer for Unity © 2021 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com

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