Opinion: Column: Seek Forgiveness, Reconciliation

Opinion: Column: Seek Forgiveness, Reconciliation

At the invitation of state Sen. Scott Surovell, Rev. Dr. Keary C. Kincannon from Rising Hope Mission Church (A United Methodist Congregation) gave the following prayer before the Senate as calls continue for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General to resign:

God our Creator and Redeemer, we follow you because we trust you to lead us to an abundant life. Where there is pain you bring healing. Where there is mistrust you bring hope. Where there is estrangement you bring reconciliation. Where there is sin you show the way to transformation.

Forgive us we pray for the sins of our nation and our commonwealth, and our individual sins – past and present – that have caused great pain and suffering to many.

Give us the awareness to admit where we have sinned as a Commonwealth and as individuals. And give the maturity to seek accountability, forgiveness, reconciliation and restitution.

And, in these contentious days, give us the faith to offer forgiveness, trusting that in following your path, we and the Commonwealth we all so love, will be strengthened and restored, not diminished.

Be with this assembly of leaders, and with us all, to provide confidence and vision for the future of our state and county. Amen