Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Impressions

  • Peaceful transfer of power - this is a big deal in and of itself in today's world
  • The sea of people crested in waves of American flags in joyful patient assembly
  • Rick Warren's prayer: "You are loving to everyone you have made...hinge point of history...our first African American president...grateful to live in a land...give to our new president the wisdom to lead us with humility...bless and protect...united not by race, religion, or blood but by our commitment to freedom and justice for all....to share, to serve, and to seek the common good of all...to work for a more just, healthy,...peaceful planet....
  • "Simple Gifts" played eloquently
  • A speech to be read in review as soon as it is published on the web
  • Silence of my friends who fear his leadership and doubt his authenticity
  • Praise song reading
  • A benediction..."God of our weary years...silent tears...who brought us along thus far...we give thanks and pray for you blessing upon your servant, his family, and his adminsitration....mend our brokenness, heal our wounds, and end us from exploiting the poor...." [worth reading once it is on the web]
  • And hooray! It's a new day in America.

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