you have given us this good land as our heritage.
Make us always remember your generosity
and constantly do your will.
Bless our land with honest industry,
and an honorable way of life.
Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;
pride and arrogance
and every evil course of action.
Make us who came from many nations
with many different languages
a united people.
Defend our liberties and give those
whom we have entrusted with the authority of government
the spirit of wisdom,
that there might be justice and peace in our land.
When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful;
and, in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail.
We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
*My name is Mark Baird. I have been an American patriot all my life, and a Christian for 60 years. I have sought to respect and to serve all Americans since my youth. I am called especially to serve US military, veterans, and their families, particularly the wounded, the poor and those struggling with the challenges of transitioning.