Bud's Beat

Heavenly intervention needed to get things right
By: Bud Pisarek, Loomis News Correspondent
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One after another they came to implore the Almighty to bless and guide the newly elected president. Religious leaders of various faiths asked their God to watch over the new leader. The evangelical leader Rick Warren recited the “Lord’s Prayer” and others followed with appeals to their higher power to ask for His blessings on President Obama. The Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, asked; “O God give him wisdom ... give him a quite heart ... give him stirring words ... and please, God, keep him safe.” The day after the inauguration, at a cathederal church service, several priests and ministers again asked God to guide the first African-American president. World religious leaders, such as the Pope, sent messages of God’s blessings. That is all well and good and gave comfort as the country embarked on an uncertain and challenging journey. My concern is that Obama isn’t the only one in need of prayer. How about the rest of us? Each and everyone of us will need spiritual and moral guidance in the upcoming years. The American citizen will be asked to be part of a new approach in how we live together in these trying times. Obama can’t do it alone. He will provide the leadership and we will have to be part of the solution. So, if we heed the messages and strive to do our part, brighter days are surely ahead. We all have to do a little praying of our own. It is interesting to note that President Obama closed his inauguration speech with the words: “God bless you. And God bless the United States of America. “