Inaugural Prayers for President Obama

41601_122882081076404_5998482_nThe Huffington Post’s Religion section reached out to contributors today and challenged us to write 100 word inaugural prayers for President Obama’s Inauguration next week. A wide variety of clergy and faith leaders from a number of traditions responded. Check them out here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-raushenbush/inauguration-benedictions_b_2480758.html?fb_action_ids=10100211014482128&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map=%7B%2210100211014482128%22%3A406161702802612%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210100211014482128%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D#slide=1987389

Here’s my prayer. I confess that it’s actually 101 words with the “Amen”:

God who is our true glory, we ask your blessing upon your servant Barack. We ask you to consecrate him to as a leader who values courage over safety, justice over fear, liberty over tyranny, wisdom over popularity, peace over wrath, and action over inertia. But as much as we ask this blessing for him, we ask it even more so for ourselves. May each American be inaugurated today into a new era of citizenship, one where anger and division are displaced by hope, and one where the American dream is big enough to inspire all the children of God. Amen.

3 thoughts on “Inaugural Prayers for President Obama

  1. This is beautiful – and says it so very well. Thank you for sharing – I may quote you in our Interfaith worship service tomorrow!

  2. I seldom comment, but i did some searching and wound up here Inaugural
    Prayers for President Obama Rev. Emily C. Heath.
    And I do have a couple of questions for you if it’s allright. Could it be only me or does it look like a few of these responses look as if they are written by brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are writing on additional social sites, I would like to follow anything fresh you have to post. Would you list of all of your public sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

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