In such a time as this


By Rev. David Beckmann

The election is over. President-elect Donald J. Trump and the new Congress will take office in January 2017.

As I look to the challenges that lie ahead, I am reminded of Esther in the Old Testament. She had access to the king and at a critical moment, her cousin, Mordecai, urged her to be an advocate. “You may have been given this opportunity for influence,” he said, “precisely for such a time as this.”

Please join me in praying that God will guide our nation’s leaders:

O God, our Creator, we give thanks for the privilege to express our love for neighbor with our vote. We pray for unity and healing in our country and the world. We pray especially for newly elected leaders to political offices in our country. Grant them integrity and wisdom to serve the common good and provide help and opportunity to people in need. Encourage us as we work with them to achieve the progress against hunger that we know is possible. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.

I am grateful to you and all of Bread for the World’s members for your persistent and faithful advocacy to end hunger in our country and abroad.

Rev. David Beckmann is president of Bread for the World.

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