Prayer to the Providence

The founding deities,
Liberty, Justice, Democracy, and the others,
are continually unfolded by us into a country more and more in accord with their teachings.
Liberty denied to blacks was extended to them with the abolition of slavery.
Justice denied to the indigent was extended to them by requiring public defenders for those who could not pay.
Democracy denied to women was extended to them by the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment,
so that our imperfect system grows closer and closer to the deities' perfection,
even if it does not operate perfectly itself, and sometimes denies even that which has been extended.
These changes are created by human beings,
but they do this as they apprehend more and more the implications of the self-evident truths on which America was founded.
This apprehension is itself the result of human effort,
but its inevitability and development in time,
so that each new perception of truth might be absorbed in preparation for the next,
are in the care of Providence, the deity which keeps us under its special protection,
and provides the means through which the other deities might perform their work.
This deity is hard to know, since it is itself one of knowing,
and how can one know the knower?
Indeed, whether Providence is a god or a goddess is not even known.
So, having no shape, it is what gives shape,
Providence is shown in the Great Seal as the Eye and the Pyramid:
the Eye which watches us,
and the unfinished Pyramid of the American ideals.
It is to Providence that we pray today,
that our sight might be clear, to see the founding principles better,
and that we might find the strength to climb the Pyramid again and again,
carrying more blocks of stones, to place them there, strongly cementing them with mortar.
Providence asks us not for offerings of things, but of words that inspire,
ideals in our minds,
and the continuing effort to defend and protect the founding ideas.
Our vow today, then, is not to erect a stone altar, but one that is informed of all that is good and right,
and conducive to the extension of the Self-Evident Truths to all,
and not just to those who pray here.
And for that we ask strength and knowledge and wisdom,
and most of all courage:
May we both know the right and do it.