Monday, January 19, 2009

Robinson's Inagural Prayer

Gene Robinson delivered this prayer at a pre-Inagural event in Washington D.C. You got to hand it to him... he worked in just about every bleeding heart liberal cliche. And I can at least say "Amen" to the part about Obama not being the Messiah.

The irony is this, the speaker system went out and hardly anyone was able to hear him. (God does have a great sense of humor!)

O God of our many understandings, we pray that you will…

Bless us with tears – for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women from many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from malnutrition, malaria, and AIDS.

Bless us with anger – at discrimination, at home and abroad, against refugees and immigrants, women, people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Bless us with discomfort – at the easy, simplistic “answers” we’ve preferred to hear from our politicians, instead of the truth, about ourselves and the world, which we need to face if we are going to rise to the challenges of the future.

Bless us with patience – and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be “fixed” anytime soon, and the understanding that our new president is a human being, not a messiah.

Bless us with humility – open to understanding that our own needs must always be balanced with those of the world.

Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance – replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences, and an understanding that in our diversity, we are stronger.

Hat tip to Midwest Conservative Journal

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