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Rev. Joseph Lowery's benediction

 
 
PDiddie
 
Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 05:43 pm
Y'all know I'm not a God kind of guy, but this to be as powerful and inspiring as words can ever be.

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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. Let all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 05:46 pm
@PDiddie,
until the last part.
dagmaraka
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 05:50 pm
@Bi-Polar Bear,
i'll say Amen to what Lowery said.
Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2009 06:20 pm
@dagmaraka,
I already started a thread about this...that little poem at the end was smug and snarky, and as I said in my post....stupid. It gives the haters ammunition...which is already happening.The entire event was incredibly uplifting and positive.... and then that. It didn't ruin the day...but it rubbed off just the slightest bit of the shine.
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PDiddie
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jan, 2009 08:17 am
Well, I'm sorry I missed your thread Bi-P, and I'm sorry you didn't like it.

But I thought it was one of the more awe-inspiring things I heard yesterday. I thought it was better than Obama's address, which was right up there with Kennedy's as one of the greatest ever.
Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jan, 2009 08:38 am
@PDiddie,
don't worry about that...I forgot to copyright it.. Laughing

I thought it was a good benediction...spoiled by then un-necessary smug tone at the end... and I thought it would give haters a talking point.... and it did.... it was discussed at length on Fox.... it just wasn't very smart.
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PDiddie
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jan, 2009 08:42 am
I don't ever watch Fixed Noise, but I have observed in the blogosphere that the haters don't need much to get ginned up.

**** 'em anyway.
Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jan, 2009 08:47 am
@PDiddie,
well no one's denying that. Wink
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jan, 2009 09:43 am
@Bi-Polar Bear,
Bi-Polar Bear wrote:

until the last part.

That was my favorite part.
Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jan, 2009 09:54 am
@FreeDuck,
opinions vary
FreeDuck
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jan, 2009 12:32 pm
@Bi-Polar Bear,
It must read differently than it sounded.
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