I offered the opening prayer at the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners meeting this morning. Here it is…
We come before you as humble servants, Lord, filled with desire to know Your will and do what is best in your sight. Help us and help these servants of our community to be good stewards of this day and of all that you have entrusted to us.
Help us Lord be good stewards of this beautiful place in which we live. We humbly recognize that all that we have and all that we are comes from you. Help us to be good stewards of the land, water and air. Help us to be good stewards of the jobs and economy. Help us to be good stewards of the buildings, roads and bridges. Help us to be good stewards of the resources of the people of Manatee County (yes, Lord, the money) that has been entrusted to us. Help us to be good stewards of our own time, talents and wealth.
Help us to be good stewards of all your gifts to us Lord, including the gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. May this Board of County Commissioners, as part of the government of the United States, take to heart the words of Thomas Jefferson who wrote in the Declaration of Independence that the role of government is to protect the gifts that You, Lord, have given to us. Help them do just that.
Thank you for these county commissioners and all who are a part of this meeting today. Bless each of them Lord in their homes, in their day to day lives, and as they participate in the government of Manatee County. Help them Lord make our community a place where the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness becomes a daily reality for all who live here.
Help us all Lord to be good stewards of all the blessings You have entrusted to us. At the end of today’s meeting, may You, dear Lord. wish to say to these commissioners, and to all who participated in this meeting, "well, done, good and faithful servant."
May all that we do this day give you glory. In Christ's name I pray. Amen.