Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Rev. Lowery's Benediction

Since I posted the transcript of Bishop Robinson's invocation (I'm not counting Rick Warren's), I thought I'd post Rev. Lowery's benediction.  I know many believe that there should be no prayers or religious trappings as part of these proceedings. but I found the good Reverend's words to be both profound and witty and a perfect counterpoint to Obama's solemnity.

So, via AP, here tis:

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou, who has brought us thus far along the way, thou, who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path we pray, lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee, lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee.
Shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand true to thee, oh God, and true to our native land.
We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we've shared this day.
We pray now, oh Lord, for your blessing upon thy servant Barack Obama, the 44th president of these United States, his family and his administration.
He has come to this high office at a low moment in the national, and indeed the global, fiscal climate. But because we know you got the whole world in your hands, we pray for not only our nation, but for the community of nations.
Our faith does not shrink though pressed by the flood of mortal ills.
For we know that, Lord, you are able and you're willing to work through faithful leadership to restore stability, mend our brokenness, heal our wounds, and deliver us from the exploitation of the poor, of the least of these, and from favoritism toward the rich, the elite of these.
We thank you for the empowering of thy servant, our 44th president, to inspire our nation to believe that yes we can work together to achieve a more perfect union.
And while we have sown the seeds of greed — the wind of greed and corruption, and even as we reap the whirlwind of social and economic disruption, we seek forgiveness and we come in a spirit of unity and solidarity to commit our support to our president by our willingness to make sacrifices, to respect your creation, to turn to each other and not on each other.
And now, Lord, in the complex arena of human relations, help us to make choices on the side of love, not hate; on the side of inclusion, not exclusion; tolerance, not intolerance.
And as we leave this mountain top, help us to hold on to the spirit of fellowship and the oneness of our family. Let us take that power back to our homes, our workplaces, our churches, our temples, our mosques, or wherever we seek your will.
Bless President Barack, First Lady Michelle. Look over our little angelic Sasha and Malia.
We go now to walk together as children, pledging that we won't get weary in the difficult days ahead. We know you will not leave us alone.
With your hands of power and your heart of love, help us then, now, Lord, to work for that day when nations shall not lift up sword against nation, when tanks will be beaten into tractors, when every man and every woman shall sit under his or her own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid, when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back, when brown can stick around ... when yellow will be mellow ... when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.

Say Amen.


skyewriter said...

My husband and I heard this yesterday while driving in the car (we were dashing to an appointment after watching the swearing in and speech).

This was yet another example of the uplifting moments from yesterday.

Isn't it incredible to think of how powerful one voice can be when speaking of hope and peace and love?

Anonymous said...

Are you ignorant of the fact that this man opposes gay marriage....how inclusive of him.

True Blue Texan said...

I believe, from your tone, that you do as well. How inclusive of you.

Post with a name or not at all.

Last warning.

Monica Roberts said...

Are you ignorant of the fact that this man opposes gay marriage....how inclusive of him.

Actually the pastor that opposes gay marriage is Rick Warren.

Rev Lowery supports GLBT rights, that more than I can say about Warren.

Monica Roberts said...

TB Texan,
You can set up the comment area to where it won't allow anonymous posts.

That way it forces the haters to own their posts.

True Blue Texan said...


I have indeed done so after this one and another commenter on my Blog for Choice post.

And thanks for correcting the one above.

True Blue Texan said...

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