Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Change is in the air and my prayer is for a heart great enough for the challenge

On the brink of this day of
togetherness for the world,
on this day of Inauguration,
I pause in solitude to
consider who I am and what
these momentous days call forth
from the fullness of my life.

Change and renewal are everywhere
anticipated and talked about.
I consider the nature of change
and the mix of motives that
stir in the depths of our souls.

From whence shall change most come—
from stirring external challenges or
heart-renewing wisdom?
From new political directions
or unchanging spiritual inspiration?

If the nation shall truly change
we must each be changed in heart.
Our challenges cannot be met
with yesterday’s presumptions.
The people we want to be,
we must become with heaven’s help.

So, God, work a change in me today.
Tune my heart to You and your Dream,
a Dream so great it would take us all in
and renew us from the inside out that we
may live the Shalom You make possible.

In the spirit of dialog, I welcome comments and/or questions. Click on "responses" below to post. They're moderated only to reduce incivility. Shalom!

Photo: Farrington James, a homeless man, cries as he watches President Barack Obama's inauguration from the Lord's Place homeless shelter in West Palm Beach, Fla. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

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