Closing Inaugural Prayer

As this day of celebration and new beginning comes to a close here in Washington, DC, I found myself in awe of the whole process – of how hope springs anew for another four years, and inspirational words flowed freely throughout the day from many different sources.

Rev. Luis Leon’s prayer stayed with me long after he had finished. Below are some of the key parts of what he said. It spoke to how far we have come in four short years, and yet how far we have yet to go together.

We pray that you will bless us with your continued presence, because without it, hatred and arrogance will infect our hearts, but with your blessing we know that we can break down the walls that separate us.

We pray for your blessing today, because without it, mistrust, prejudice and rancor will rule our hearts, but with the blessing of your presence, we know that we can renew the ties of mutual regard which can best form our civic life.

We pray for your blessing, because without it, suspicion, despair, and fear of those different from us will be our rule of life, but with your blessing we can see each other created in your image ….

We pray for your blessing, because without it, we will see only what the eye can see, but with your blessing, we will see that we are created in your image, whether brown, black or white; male or female; first-generation immigrant American or Daughter of the American Revolution; gay or straight, rich or poor.”

For the whole prayer go to THIS LINK and watch it. Definitely a strong, loving prayer fitting for the close of an inauguration.

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