Along life’s road
For thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.–Psalm 31:3.
January 10 will be observed as the 44th anniversary of Majority Rule for these islands called the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and since that memorable day many have been the blessings that God has showered upon us as a people.
To say that all has been sugar and spice would reveal that the truth is not in us and we are trying to cover up and conceal our deficiencies, mismanagement, and flagrant activities in some of our deeds and actions. But in spite of, we still remain that peculiar and chosen people called Bahamians.
The downturn of the economy, joblessness, foreclosure, insufficient funds to meet basic needs, ethnic restlessness, violent crime, spiritual waywardness and inherited prejudices and natural disasters are not only some of the lyrics, but the sung tune globally.
Globally, many nations have just come out, or are gearing up for general elections. Many new elected members of Congress of the United States are excited about being sworn in to work towards changing the status quo, they say. The Ivory Coast can burst into civil war at any time with two leaders claiming to be presidents. Brazil is excited about its first woman president, and here at home for the very first time, women have emerged as leaders of just about all the powerful labor unions, which to me can spell out to be another entry of political firsts in the book of women of The Bahamas.
But, haven’t you noticed that there is a cautious silence?It is time to send up petitions to the God of grace and glory for strength for today and bright hope for our tomorrows.
I comfort myself in knowing that God is at the helm and like the pancake mix in the box, only waiting for you to add water and milk. God knows the way through the wilderness and all we have to do is follow. Have we been a nation fortunate and blessed?Yes and again I say, yes!
So in this 31st Psalm The Litany for the days ahead is:
“For thy name’s sake, lead us, and guide us.”
“Father, we thank you for displaying your love to us as a nation. You have brought us out of darkness into your marvelous light. May we continue to walk in the Light. For thy name’s sake, lead us and guide us.
You have exalted us as a nation and caused us to sit in high places among other nations of the world. For thy name’s sake, lead us and guide us.
You have increased our barns, enlarged our territories, caused our children to excel, gave us yet another book beside the Bible, the policy book. You have caused us to become holders of not one, but many bank books in many banks. For thy name’s sake, lead us and guide us.
Lord, you have rested our weary feet from the heat of the earth and caused us to be owners of the finest of vehicles. For thy name’s sake, lead us and guide us.
You have changed our social status and allowed us like, Cinderella to dance with kings and queens. For thy name’s sake, lead us and guide us.
We have increased in knowledge, wisdom and understanding, and thou Lord, has made us to become the head and not tail. For thy name’s sake, lead us and guide us.
Lord you have made us to live in homes that went far beyond our wildest imaginations. You have taken our feet from the miry clay and established our coming in and our going out. For thy name’s sake, lead us and guide us.
Lord we acknowledge that we have strayed far from your commandments, have not been faithful to you and your work, not giving to the support of your work, weak in our witness of your great faithfulness, low and nil in our attendance to your place of worship. But still you continue to wait for us as prodigal sons and daughters to shower more blessings upon us. For thy name’s sake, lead us and guide us.
Lord, we confess that we have worshipped the creature more than you the Creator. For thy name’s sake, lead us and guide us.
Lord we pray that you will forgive us of our sins and heal our land of crime, violence, anger and malice. For thy name’s sake, lead us and guide us.
Lord, we pray for our politically elected persons that they will always be true to their calling and not neglect the best interests of those who have supported them. May they give of their best, let justice run like a mighty stream in our land, and uphold Christian principles among the people. For thy name’s sake, lead us and guide us.
In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for a house of defence to save me.
For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.”
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