O God, keep our whole country under your protection. Wipe out sin from this land; lift it up from the depths of sorrow, O Lord, our shining light. Save us from deep grief and misfortune, Lord of all nations. Bless us with your wisdom, so that the poor may not be oppressed and the rich may not be oppressors. Make this a nation having no ruler except God, a nation having no authority but that of Love. Amen.
This prayer entitled "For Our Country" was written by Toyohiko Kagawa, a Christian leader and pacifist who spoke out against the militaristic policies of imperial Japan during the 1930's and '40's. His prayer for Japan has been adapted for use by persons of many nations. It shows the deep concern that can characterize those who feel constrained to criticize their native lands.
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