The Olympics for Liberals

26 08 2008

Sunday night saw the end of the Olympic Games in Beijing, and Monday night brought us the beginning of the Democratic National Convention. It was a great first night highlighted by a tribute to and a speech by Ted Kennedy, and also a speech by Michelle Obama. The closing prayer last night was offered by Donald Miller (a favorite of many of us). I was disappointed that during the prayer MSNBC instead showed Tom Brokaw doing analysis of Michelle Obama’s speech and did not actually cover Donald Miller’s prayer (although you could see his name and face on the big screen in the background. Below is the text of his prayer and if you like you can see a youtube clip of it below. I am excited about this phase in our country’s growth and I really do hope that Senator Obama can change the nature of some of the things that are broken with our country and that most of all we can be unified in our desire to change and be something better (as a country) than we already are. More convention updates coming this week. Stay tuned.

Prayer from the Democratic National Convention on Monday night. All credit to Donald Miller:

“Father God,

This week, as the world looks on, help the leaders in this room create a civil dialogue about our future.

We need you, God, as individuals and also as a nation.

We need you to protect us from our enemies, but also from ourselves, because we are easily tempted toward apathy.

Give us a passion to advance opportunities for the least of these, for widows and orphans, for single moms and children whose fathers have left.

Give us the eyes to see them, and the ears to hear them, and hands willing to serve them.

Help us serve people, not just causes. And stand up to specific injustices rather than vague notions.

Give those in this room who have power, along with those who will meet next week, the courage to work together to finally provide health care to those who don’t have any, and a living wage so families can thrive rather than struggle.

Hep us figure out how to pay teachers what they deserve and give children an equal opportunity to get a college education.

Help us figure out the balance between economic opportunity and corporate gluttony.

We have tried to solve these problems ourselves but they are still there. We need your help.

Father, will you restore our moral standing in the world.

A lot of people don’t like us but that’s because they don’t know the heart of the average American.

Will you give us favor and forgiveness, along with our allies around the world.

Help us be an example of humility and strength once again.

Lastly, father, unify us.

Even in our diversity help us see how much we have in common.

And unify us not just in our ideas and in our sentiments—but in our actions, as we look around and figure out something we can do to help create an America even greater than the one we have come to cherish.

God we know that you are good.

Thank you for blessing us in so many ways as Americans.

I make these requests in the name of your son, Jesus, who gave his own life against the forces of injustice.

Let Him be our example.




2 responses

26 08 2008

I remember watching my first Convention when it was still unsure if Truman could keep the nomination and not have it messed up by the Dixiecrats being led by Strom Thurman….Ahhhhh

27 08 2008

Thanks for posting this. I was looking for a transcript of the prayer. Donald Miller is awesome. GOBAMA!

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