I have found myself at a loss for words today as my heart has cried out to God for our country. We all want the very best for this land we love. I could not seem to express myself until I read this on a friends blog. It says everything I feel and desire on this day for our country and our new President.
Thanks ,Z! (geeeeeZ!)
Be with us and our great country on this Inauguration Day of Barack Hussein Obama. Keep our country safe, keep all Americans safe. Keep him and his family safe.
I ask that our new president will put our country first in everything. Remind him of our history. Help him to understand that not everyone agrees with him on every issue and put it in his heart to consider their ideas and to at least honor them.
I pray that his Christian faith grows as he sees the terrible daily threats to this country Mr. Bush mentioned at his last speech. I pray that facts start to overtake his agenda and he sees the vital need to listen and give honest and real thought to all sides before he makes decisions. Help him pick Godly people from whom to seek counsel. Enable him to be truthful, to display dignity, to show respect for his office as he represents us around the world.
Mature this man, Lord, and teach him to lead this country in the ways that you desire. We know you love America, we know this great experiment was your idea. Please forgive our having turned from you in so many ways. Help this president to realize that it's only been through our departure from putting you first that this country has found itself in the disarray it's in and give him ways to remind us that America was a country of self-reliant, proud, hard working, honest people who don't want to depend on government but on you. Remind us how much better life always was when America put God first, regardless of the fact that we haven't always done right in some areas. We atone and ask that you help us.
On this day, particularly, I pray that you bless President and Mrs. Bush and show them in countless ways the gratitude most of us feel for the job he did in keeping us safe. Help them to feel our gratitude that they were always respectful of all of us on both sides of the political aisle, our soldiers, other world leaders, etc. Their stalwart and optimistic behavior, dignity and grace helped us through a terrible time.
May our enemies continue to be unsuccessful during this new presidency. And, if we are faced with the unimaginably difficult times some of us fear, give him the great strength and sudden and perfect abilities which will allow him to put us first in all ways and see this great country through it. Give him the tools, God, he's going to need them.