An Independence Day Prayer: Then and Now

From the Book of Common Worship (1946 edition):

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; we humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will.  Bless our nation with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners.  Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way.  Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.  Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth.  In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

2014 Translation (mine):

Almighty God, who has given us this good land: May we strive to be a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. Bless our nation with just work, sound learning, and conduct pleasing to you. Save us from needless violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought here out of many diverse and distinct people groups. Give your spirit of wisdom to those who are in government, that there may be justice and peace, both here and abroad. In spite of our many failings, use us for your glory and for the overall good and flourishing of the world. Draw us to yourself and change our hearts, that we may humbly display your praise among the nations of the earth. In times of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, may we always trust you. We ask all of these things through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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