Jan 21 2009

A prayer for solidarity

We pray with the nation and the world for the new administrationófor wisdom and thoughtful governance.

In his inaugural address, President Barack Obama said he was ìhumble,î ìgratefulî and ìmindful.î He spoke of hard work ahead, of solidarity and of the responsibilities of freedom.

He said, ìTo the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.î

Please guide us, O God, as we pledge to work in solidarity, to assure that basic needs are met for those living in poverty and in creating opportunities for the poor. Give us the strength to stand up for the most vulnerable and those who are marginalized in society.

As we continue our daily walk with the poor, we strive to be humble in our giving, mindful of the gifts the poor bring to our lives and grateful for the sponsored friends and sponsors with whom we work to create a better world.

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