Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Time of Prayer, A Moment to Remember

The bells of the cathedral rang. There was a hush throughout the magnificent
edifice. Soon the sounds of "Holy, Holy, Holy" soared throughout the heights
of the carved ceilings and on to Heaven. Awe and quietness stilled the thoughts
and words of politicians and leaders.

The heady pride of yesterday's ceremonies was lost to this moment of humility.
The President of the United States was humbling himself before God to pray
in this, the beginning of his work on behalf of the American people. This was
a quiet, thoughtful moment before the rush of activity. A deliberate beginning
by requesting the God of All to give wisdom and prudence.

The Word of the Lord was read; "' I will look unto the hills from whence cometh
my help cometh from the Lord...the maker of heaven and earth' It was
a reminder of Who our President could go to for help when no one else could help or advise him. Again and again throughout the service he was reminded of
the Word of the Lord.

Amazing Grace flowed from the depths of the soul of Whitley Phipps. With all
his might in hopes of reaching the soul of our great leader came the words...
"I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see" The eyes of the
President brightened as the last verse was sung. "When we've been there
ten thousand years, bright shining as the Sun. We've no less days to sing
God's praise than when we'd first begun".

The message was one of holding on to values. The President was reminded
that he will have many allures and many opportunities to compromise. The
speaker implored him to hold on to scriptural values. He was challenged to
remember the one most important command in scripture, that command of
God to "love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbor
as our self.'

Many pastors and clergy of many faiths implored God to "Hear Our Prayer".
May God hear our prayers on behalf of our President. May He look to
the Almighty God of Heaven and Earth! May he not quickly forget in his business and issues of the day...that only God will lead him in right paths.

Thank God for this day! A Day of Prayer to the Most High God!

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