Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day: Post 6

Just a few minutes left...

Feinstein: This peaceful transition of power. Gather to etch another line in the solid stone of history. The freedom of people to choose its leaders is the root of history. We come here every four years to bestow the power of the presidency on our democratically elected leader. The power of the ballot over the bullet. Our work is not yet finished. But today is a turning point. The dream that once echoed from here has now reached the white house.

Wow she just gave an awesome speech. Wonder if she'll end up running for governor here in California.

Ahh sweet. Rick Warren. Everything we see and everything we can't see exists because of you alone. History is your story. The Lord is our God. You are the compassionate and merciful one. Today we rejoice not only in americas peaceful transfer. Wow...um, applause interrupting his prayer. Nice. A land of unequaled opportunities. We know today that Dr King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven. Give him the wisdom, courage, compassion we need. Forgive us. May we never forget that all nations and all people will stand accountable before you. We now commit our new president and his wife Michelle and daughters into your loving care.

Wow, he used to name of Jesus. Then went into the Lord's prayer. Interesting.

I'm struck by how differently Warren prayed, compared to what we once heard from Billy Graham at such an event. Maybe my memory is fading. But it certainly didn't feel like the kind of prayer Graham would have offered.


Michele Bilton said...

OK, I'm a Rob groupie today, reading your comments. :) What felt different about the prayer to you? (I can't say I recall Billy Graham at all.)

Rob Cunningham said...

i dunno. just seemed like a different tone or else some of the content in the middle just seemed like stuff graham wouldn't pray. can't really pin down specifics. more of a gut feeling that reminds me that warren and graham have different styles and approaches to lots of things.