Sunday, January 18, 2009

Gene+ Robinson's Prayer for President Obama

Excerpts below; the full text is posted on the Diocese of New Hampshire website.

More about the Lincoln Memorial concert/event is available from the Toronto Star.

God, we give you thanks for your child Barack, as he assumes the office of President of the United States....

Give him wisdom beyond his years, and inspire him with Lincoln’s reconciling leadership style, President Kennedy’s ability to enlist our best efforts, and Dr. King’s dream of a nation for ALL the people....

Help him remember his own oppression as a minority, drawing on that experience of discrimination, that he might seek to change the lives of those who are still its victims....

And please, God, keep him safe. We know we ask too much of our presidents, and we’re asking FAR too much of this one. We know the risk he and his wife are taking for all of us, and we implore you, O good and great God, to keep him safe. Hold him in the palm of your hand – that he might do the work we have called him to do, that he might find joy in this impossible calling, and that in the end, he might lead us as a nation to a place of integrity, prosperity and peace.

AMEN.

3 comments:

W. Huber said...

Is there any video to be had?

Jeremiah Andrews said...

No he was edited OUT of the HBO broadcast. i don't know if anyone got a soundbyte.

Jeremy

renzmqt said...

Yes too bad they deliberately scheduled him for 2:20PM when the broadcast was scheduled for 2:30PM. Even the LIVE BLOG from the Inauguration Committee web site doesn't mention one word of him coming to the podium. The whole thing smells.