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A Call to Pray for Our Nation

Columbia Union Conference Statement
January 8, 2021

A Call to Pray for Our Nation

As Seventh-day Adventists, we are deeply troubled by the actions of those who stormed the U.S. Capitol this week, resulting in injury, destruction and loss of life. The founding principles of our country have always supported expression of differing views, in a civil manner, but never should it lead to what we witnessed on Wednesday.

While the story is still unfolding, and there are different perspectives involved, as Christians, our role is clear in the words of Jesus: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called people of God” (Matt. 5:9, NKJV). In times of strife, God calls us to “come now, and let us reason together” (Isa. 1:18, NKJV). And in dark times, Jesus says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:16, NKJV).  

We appeal to our Columbia Union Conference family to band together and pray for our country at this critical time, especially in the weeks ahead, as we move toward a leadership transition. May God place His protecting hand upon our nation and bring reconciliation and healing to our land.

And during this tragic pandemic, we call on our churches and ministries to address the physical, mental and spiritual needs of the people in their communities with love and compassion.

As believers in the Word of God, we know the source of our strength in difficult times. I am reminded of that wonderful psalm of David, Psalm 121, which says,

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore” (Ps. 121: 1-8, NKJV)


Dave Weigley,


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