I Am America
A Nation's Prayer
(May be read out loud along with the Invocations)
I am America.
I am her Heart that yearns to breathe freely,
unfettered by the bonds of deception and the undercurrents
of will that seek to deter her from her true course
I am the hearts of her people -
those who believe, always, in America's bright promise,
who weep with dismay when there appears to be
no way for it to manifest.
I am the vision of tomorrow
that lives, forever, within America's heart - her knowledge
that there IS a way for human beings to live together as One,
freely, deliberately, joyfully, lovingly.
And I am the sorrow that wells up
in the human breast, when that joy and that unity dissolve
in the presence of dissension and discord.
I am the breath of Hope
that is given to those who look to America's shores from afar,
who hold her sweet promise as a dream they may
one day realize.
And I am the yearning of those in need,
who seek to rebuild their lives on the vision of tomorrow.
I am liberty and I am hope,
and I am the future for mankind,
Established in sacred trust,
Empowered by Divine ordinance,
Blessed by the forces of Light,
Pursued within every heart,
And looked to by those whose lives were given
in service to the ideal of America.
I am the Flame of Unity and of Love that is
eternally America's Heart -
I AM her promise and her destiny.
This prayer was written from the Heart of America
and is offered by Julie from that Heart.
Photo by Bruce Rolff