An Inaugural Blessing

January 4, 2011

May you go now to walk together, children, pledging that you won’t get weary in the difficult days ahead. May you know God will not leave you alone, with His hands of power and His heart of love.

May God Help you then, now, to work for that day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, when tanks will be 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 waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.

May God, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, help you 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 when white will embrace what is right.

–Adapted from Rev. Joseph Lowery’s benediction at the inauguration of President Barack Obama

For the full, unmodified transcript, see this post at Beliefnet.

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One Response to “An Inaugural Blessing”

  1. Aurora Falsestart said

    Thank you for putting these blessings out there and strengthening that which is good.

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