We thank you, O God, for the rights that we enjoy.
We thank you for our human rights and for our civil rights; even as we thank you for them, though, we are mindful of those whose human and civil rights are denied them and we ask that they will come to know the freedoms that they should enjoy.
Give us discernment to know the difference, when we need to realize it, between standing up for our rights and standing on our rights.
Never let us forget that we have them and never let us forget to insist that everyone should have them.
At the same time, fill us with your love and grace so that we will not exercise or insist on our rights in ways that would betray our devotion to the One who emptied himself and took the form of a servant. Help us to exercise our rights in ways that would do good and not harm to others.
In all things, lead us to think first of you, next of others, and last of ourselves.