Lead our leaders, God of wisdom
guide them past the lure of power or self importance
keep their eyes focussed on the wellbeing of all people,
give them courage to tell the truth,
empathy to listen
and enduring compassion for the voiceless.
When the paths of our opinions diverge,
the way seems treacherous or our criticism destructive
for heaven's sake,
call us all to account, to apology and to compassion
so that together we can be people of hope, truth, kindness and justice.