The peaceful transition of power is one of the greatest virtues of our democratic system. While visions for the future may differ within our leadership and our people, when the time comes to transfer power from one president to the next, we do it as a nation with the same ritual every four years. The Presidential Inauguration always takes place on January 20 at 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, and last Friday afternoon, as Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, this peaceful transition was complete.
This week marks the first full week of President Trump’s presidency, and as it is with everything in life, new beginnings invite prayers for success. The following prayer is from our weekly Sabbath service and is very appropriate in this time of transition.
Bless our nation and its inhabitants.
Prosper us in all worthy endeavors.
Be with those whom we have chosen to lead us,
that they may strive to establish justice and opportunity for all,
and may they labor to bring peace to the family of nations.
(UPB Sinai Edition p. 61)