WHAT A DAY!!! Obama's speech was fantastic! "The time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness." Beautiful words.
I was struck by the following as well: "For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers."
I was pleased by these words...a critical uplifting of Americans who claim other paths to God, as well as of those who claim no religion...and a sharp contrast to The Rev. Rick Warren's Jesus centered invocation that was not appropriate for the inclusiveness of the nation. I was shocked when Warren used the Lord's Prayer...
Also in lovely contrast to Warren's invocation was Rev. Joseph Lowery's benediction:
"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."
I'm so moved by it all, that I'm trying something new: entering the blogging world once more!