Scripture for the day is Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no prophecy, the people cast off restraint,
    but happy are those who keep the law.

After reading and reflecting on the passage, pray saying, Lord, may our nation’s leaders not be motivated mainly by a desire for personal advancement. Let them be animated instead by a vision for peace (the end of violence and conflict), for prosperity (the lifting up of the poor, sick, and hungry), and for freedom (the breaking of systems of injustice). Amen.