The Words of Inauguration Day – Benediction
Dr. Joseph E Lawry’s Benediction
God of our weary years
God of our silent tears
God 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, oh 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 in 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’re able, and willing
to work through faithful leadership to restore stability,
mend our brokenness, heal our wounds,
and deliver us from the exploitation of the poor, (or 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 to spirit of unity and solidarity to commit
our support to our president
by our willingness to make sacrifices,
we 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 mountaintop, 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 mosque, wherever we seek your will.
Bless President Barack, first lady Michele, look over our little angelic Sasha and Malia.
We go now to walk together, children,
Pledging that we won’t get weary in the difficulties 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 sword against nation,
When tanks get 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 water and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labor rest
Joy of a new beginning,
we ask you to help us work for that day when:
Black will not be asked to get back
When brown can stick around
When yellow will be mellow
When the red man can get ahead, man
And white will embrace what is right
Will all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen, say Amen, and Amen.