After all the intense coverage of President Obama’s inaugural invocation address pick, Rick Warren, …weeks on end of Warren-bashing by gay advocates slamming the Orange County, Calif. pastor for his traditional view of marriage …this is all we get?
After viewing many hours of CNN inauguration coverage and rehash, I must have missed the Warren highlight while going to the bathroom.
Or did I?
From a quick poll of friends, no one saw or heard any mention, highlight, analysis, or replay of Warren’s beautiful and fitting prayer for our president in any of their TV viewing.
But there was plenty of the “Queen of Soul!” EVERY highlight reel included Aretha Franklin singing “Let Freedom Ring.” Sure, Aretha rocked, but the real call to our souls was Warren’s prayer.
What about Rick? Was it hardened hearts or blindness? I guess the real “Agent of Change” needs no CNN or ABC…Jesus is simply available to those with open hearts and choosing to really listen…even if the inaugural invocation was put to sleep early, only available live, the first time around!
Text of the invocation by Rev. Rick Warren for President Barack Obama’s inauguration:
Let us pray.
Almighty God, our father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you, it all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory. History is your story.
The Scripture tells us Hear, oh Israel, the Lord is our God; the Lord is one. And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.
Now today we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time. We celebrate a hinge-point of history with the inauguration of our first African-American president of the United States.
We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership.
And we know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in Heaven.
Give to our new president, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice President Biden, the Cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.
Help us, oh God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race or religion or blood, but to our commitment to freedom and justice for all.
When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the Earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us.
And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes, even when we differ.
Help us to share, to serve and to seek the common good of all.
May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy and a more prosperous nation and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day all nations and all people will stand accountable before you.
We now commit our new president and his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.
I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus, Jesus (hay-SOOS), who taught us to pray, Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
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