Prayer for the nation: inaugural benediction
Jan 20, 2005
WASHINGTON (BP)--Kirbyjon Caldwell, senior pastor of Windsor Village United
Methodist Church in Houston, delivered the benediction prayer at the close of
President Bush's inauguration Jan. 20.
Following is a transcript:
"Oh Lord God Almighty, the supply and supplier of faith and freedom, how
excellent is Your name in all the earth. You are great and greatly to be
praised. God, as we conclude this 55th inaugural ceremony, we conclude it with
an attitude of thanksgiving. Thank You for protecting America's borders. After
all, the Psalmist reminds us, unless You, O God, guard the territory, our
efforts will be in vain.
"Thank You for our armed service personnel. And it is with unswerving
thanksgiving that we pause to remember the persons who have made the ultimate
sacrifice to help ensure America's safety. Thank You, O God, for surrounding our
personnel, their families, their friends and our allies with Your favor and Your
"Deploy Your hosts from heaven so that Your will for America will be
performed on earth as it is already perfected in heaven. I confess that Your
face will shine upon the United States of America, granting us social peace and
economic prosperity, particularly for the weary and the poor.
"I also confess, God, that each American's latter days will be better than
their former days. Let it be unto us according to Your Word.
"Rally the Republicans, the Democrats and the Independents around Your
common good so that America will truly become one nation under God, indivisible,
with liberty, justice and equal opportunity for all -- including the least, the
last and the lost.
"Bless every elected official right now. God, I declare Your blessings to
shower upon our president, George W. Bush. Bless him, his family and his
administration. I once again declare that no weapon formed against them shall
"God, forgive us for becoming so ensnarled in petty partisan politics that
we miss Your glory and block our purpose. Deliver us from the evil one, from
evil itself and from the mere appearance of evil.
"Give us clean hearts, so that we might have clean agendas, clean
priorities and programs and even clean financial statements.
"Now, unto You, O God, the One who always has been and always will be, the
one King of kings and the true power broker, we glorify and honor You.
Respecting persons of all faiths,
I humbly submit this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen"