Today’s prayer by the Rev. Mark Craig

Invocation offered by the Rev. Mark Craig, senior pastor of Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, at this morning’s dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

The Rev. Mark Craig


Let us pray.

We have gathered today, oh God, to give thanks for the life and legacy of President and Mrs. George Bush.

We are thankful for their distinguished leadership to our nation.

Moreover we are grateful for their moral courage and commitment to public service.

Oh God, our Lord, Creator and sustainer, today we honor a man who genuinely believes in your quest of freedom for all.

We ask that President Bush and his family continue to feel the prayers and support of people all over the world who recognize his past and continued work for the expansion of freedom.

We ask your blessings upon the George W. Bush Presidential Center and all who will walk through these doors.

We pray that it will serve as a beacon of hope and freedom throughout the world.

We pray that it will remind each and every one of us of our nation’s heroic past and generate noble insights for future leaders of our country.

Grant that each of us today will rededicate our lives to the values of this great institution as we continue to learn the lessons of history.

Help us to live out the words of the prophet Micah:  To do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.

Pray all these things in thy name


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