A Benediction for the Inauguration

I was invited to compose a 100-word benediction suitable for the US presidential inauguration, along with 25 others, all of which are available here. Here’s mine:

Living God, whose glory surpasses every name and creed by which we seek to honor you, May our leaders become less concerned about the splinters in the eyes of their opponents and more concerned about the planks in their own. May our people reject the allure of dishonest and arrogant voices and be drawn instead to leaders who are humble, kind, and wise. May we stop measuring wealth by money alone and strength by weapons alone. May we return to our deepest American values of honesty, industry, frugality, conviviality, and peace. May we become one nation under you indeed. Amen.

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