1 O Lord of nations, hear our prayer.
We thank you for this land most fair,
Created by your might.
For mountain sunset, lake at dawn,
For woodland bloom and robin song,
For stars that lace the night,
2 For farms and fields of golden grain,
For science and for medicine,
For wealth beyond compare,
For leisure time and work to do.
Lord, all these blessings come from you,
Signs of your loving care.
3 Most grateful, gracious God, are we
That in this country we are free
To worship you above.
We gather here to speak your name,
Then leave this place to spread your fame
That all may know your love.
4 Forgive us, Lord, when we forget
Your gifts to share, your Word to spread
To those who ache and bleed.
Renew our will to help the weak,
To feed the hungry, and to speak
Your Word to souls in need.
5 And for the leaders you ordained
We pray, O Lord, that they remain
Courageous, honest, wise.
Oh, give them guidance, make them strong
To stand for right, to battle wrong,
That freedom’s song may rise.
6 When storm and terror strike our land,
Remove our fear and help us stand
Against our enemies.
Lord, may no wicked men prevail.
May ev’ry plot of treach’ry fail.
May we remain at peace.
7 And when at last all nations fall
And you return as Lord of all
To make the earth anew,
Then may we join that shining band
Of saints from ev’ry tribe and land
And make our home with you.
Laurie Gauger has written and published hymns, devotions, religious curriculum materials, and hundreds of magazine articles. She has worked as an English and music teacher at Shoreland Lutheran High School (Somers, Wisconsin) and a curriculum writer and editor at Northwestern Publishing House (Milwaukee, Wisconsin). She currently serves Martin Luther College (New Ulm, Minnesota) as the campus writer/editor, producing two magazines, several newsletters, and various other publications. Her hymns have been published by Northwestern Publishing House, Concordia Publishing House, and Faith Alive. She can be reached at gaugerlf at mlc-wels.edu.
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