Why I Cried Today (again)

This time it was the Rev. Joseph E. Lowry, who was part of the civil rights movement, who was attacked in those days in the South. He starts with words from Lift Every Voice and Sing, which is the informal national anthem for African-Americans, and then goes on from there to the most fitting end to the swearing-in ceremony. Can I just say that I hope to grow up and be someone like him someday? He out-prayed the “purpose-driven” mega-church pastor, and out-wrote the poet. He was the equal of Obama in elegance and meaning, and even gave us a couple of chuckles.

If you want to see the text of his prayer, this blog has it.
For the church-types who read, it was a bit like having transfiguration Sunday come a few weeks too early.  Does that mean Lent will be longer?

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5 thoughts on “Why I Cried Today (again)

  1. I keep pinching myself, thinking I’m dreaming! And on his first day, he’s ALREADY taken steps to close Gitmo!!!
    Dear Lord, please keep him and his family safe!

  2. PS – I wondered why the first paragraph was so familiar! DUH!!! I think we sang this at Bishop Sutton’s installation (Md’s first African-American Bishop, I think!)

  3. this man was an inspiration and had me shouting “amen” . the poor dog didn’t know what to do! i can totally understand you wanting to grow up and be someone like him. i am not a preacher and i want to grow up and be like hime. he was amazing! take care.

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