Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

inaugural benediction

As a nation and people of faith gathered in this historic moment, let us unite in prayer. God, we gather under the beauty of your holiness and the holiness of your beauty. We seek your faith, your smile, your warm embrace. we petition you once more in the celebration. 

We pray for divine favor upon our president, Joseph R. Biden, and our first lady, Dr. Jill Biden and their family. We further ask that you would extend the same favor upon our vice president, Kamala D. Harris, and our second gentleman, Doug Emhoff and their family. More than ever, they and our nation need you. 

We need you. For in you we discover our common humanity. In our common humanity we will seek out the wounded and bind their wounds. We will seek healing for those who are sick and diseased. We will mourn our dead. We will befriend the lonely, the least common the left out. We will share our abundance -- the least, and the left out. We will share our abundance. We will give justice to the oppressed. Acknowledge sin, and seek forgiveness, thus grasping reconciliation. 

In discovering our humanity, we will seek the good in and for all our neighbors. We will love the unlovable. Remove the stigma of the so-called untouchables. We will care for our most vulnerable, our children, the elderly, the emotionally challenged, and the poor. We will seek rehabilitation beyond correction. we will extend opportunity to those locked out of opportunity. We will make friends of our enemies.
Hallelujah. Glory, Hallelujah. In the strong name of our collective faith. Amen.

- Rev. Silvester Beaman, Beginning of US Presidential Inauguration Benediction

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