Colossians 1:17 “He (Jesus) is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Dear Father, as I have read and re-read this verse it has become clear that the opposite is also true. When Jesus is not present all things fall apart and disintegrate. There has been, and is, a relentless and intensifying effort to remove Jesus from every aspect of life in our Country. The result is that the underpinnings of our culture are crumbling and falling apart. Marriage has been assaulted, families are shattering, good behavior is mocked, indecency and cruelty are glorified, and we have moved from a culture of life to a culture of death. The traditions and institutions which have strengthened and given us a framework for stability and prosperity are falling apart under the relentless rebellion against Jesus. We are careening down a slope of destruction and our only hope is in Jesus who alone can save us, re-make us and hold us together again in His goodness and power. Lord, we cry out to you for mercy. We’re sorry we have not pursued You and Your ways. We are sorry we have allowed you to be removed from our society. We need you, we need you. Come Lord Jesus and save us from our apathetic and rebellious ways and the destruction they are bringing down upon us. Turn our hearts to You so that You can again hold us together.