For those who live in the United States, may you have a blessed and extended holiday weekend.
For those of you who do not live here,
I beg your indulgence for the self-orbit of our annual celebration;
forgiveness for our inflated rhetoric that over-estimates our place in the universe;
and most especially I wish you the kindness of strangers,
the beauty of friendship, and the hope of grace.
Andrew workum says
I believe one had to hear and see the president’s entire eulogy to deeply appreciate him singing “amazing grace”. On one hand some of us may be somewhat disappointed in his tenure; on the other hand, I cannot fathom any other president saying what he said there and singing the hymn. He is not as perfect as I might wish. But I am glad he is there singing amazing grace rather than standing on the flight deck of a carrier, dressed in some pilot’s flight suit. On one hand, we (which necessarily includes I) may at times overestimate our contribution to the earth and its peoples. On the other hand, I would not choose to live somewhere else. On one hand, we may exaggerate our contributions; on the other hand, when a country needs immediate support for a crisis, it is expected (and it happens) that we will respond. When I evaluate our performance, I am admittedly guilty of a halo effect. However, that is also true when I react to this minister’s offerings. So it is.
Cam Miller says
It’s the sun in your eyes! Thanks, and indeed, the entire speech was one for the ages.I listened to it again tonight and marvel at the President of the United States preaching a sermon that brought us all in, all of us that are the least bit willing to be brought in were welcomed.