"Out of the mouths of children and babies Thou hast ordained praise...." (Psalm 8:2)




Prayer For Our Nation

"How is the gold become dim! How is the most fine gold changed! The stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street. The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they regarded as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter! Even the sea-monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones; the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness. The hands of the compassionate women have destroyed their own children.... The Almighty has accomplished His fury, He has poured out His fierce anger, and has kindled a fire... and it has devoured the foundations thereof. For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her: they have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood..... As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help; in our watching, we have watched for a nation that could not save us. Remember, O Most High, what has come upon us; consider and behold our reproach. ..... Woe unto us that we have sinned. You, O Almighty, remain forever, and Your throne from generation to generation. Turn us unto You, and we shall be turned; renew our days as in the times of old." (Lamentations 4:1-3, 10-11, 13-14, 17; 5:1, 16, 19, 21)