Apparently, HBO did not include the invocation offered by the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, in its coverage of the pre-inagural festivities. I don’t know why HBO did not include Bishop Robinson’s prayer, but he is the first openly Gay bishop in the Anglican communion, which makes me suspect that HBO–or perhaps the Obama camp–was feeling a little uncomfortable with his voice.
Regardless, this is a powerful prayer that is worthy of being heard. Thanks to Christianity Today via the Huffington Post for making this video available.
The following prayer comes from Marthame and Elizabeth Sanders of Salt Films. Marthame and Elizabeth are former Presbyterian missionaries to the West Bank. I hope you will join me in praying in a similar way.
We see Hezbollah move to consolidate their regional influence by inciting Israel, and manipulating the resulting death and destruction for their anti-Israel, religious extremist agenda. Lord God, may it stop.
We see Israel’s disproportionate and indiscriminate military actions, meting out devastation without regard for civilian life or civilian infrastructure. Lord God, may it stop.
We see our own government’s failure to mediate, refusing to speak to enemies, enemies whom Christ calls us to love and pray for. Lord God, may it stop.