The article this week is written after much thought. If at all possible, the purpose is not to offend but be positive, encouraging, and informative as more than Village citizens read the Salado Village Voice; so do visitors and elected state/federal leaders. Salado is very special, wonderful and that should be highlighted positively and frequently. However this article is different and can possibly offend. At age11, I read a 4 July, 1952, full-page-ad that published a prayer written by Conrad Hilton, founder, Hilton Hotel. As a new year begins, the prayer is as meaningful today as it was then. If prayer offends, please consider not reading it.
“Our Father in heaven, We pray that you save us from ourselves.
The world that You have made for us, to live in peace, we have made into an armed camp. We live in fear of war to come. We are afraid of ‘the terror that flies by night, and the arrow that flies by day, the pestilence that walks in darkness and the destruction that wastes at noon-day.’
We have turned from You to go our selfish way. We have broken Your commandments and denied Your truth. We have left Your altars to serve the false gods of money and pleasure and power.
Forgive us and help us.
Now, darkness gathers around us, and we are confused in all our counsels. Losing faith in You, we lose faith in ourselves.
Inspire us with wisdom, all of us of every color, race, and creed, to use our wealth, our strength to help our brother and sister. Help us to do Your will as it is done in heaven and to be worthy of Your promise of peace on earth. Fill us with new faith, new strength and new courage, that we may win the Battle for Peace.
Be swift to save us, dear God, before the darkness falls.”