But the star of the show, for me, was Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, the preacher who closed the ceremony. Part of his prayer appears below:
REV. LOWERY Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around — (laughter) — when yellow will be mellow — (laughter) — when the red man can get ahead, man — (laughter) — and when white will embrace what is right.
Let all those who do justice and love mercy say amen.
REV. LOWERY: Say amen –
REV. LOWERY: — and amen.
AUDIENCE: Amen! (Cheers, applause.)
Whether your politics agrees with the Right Reverend’s or not, he made a powerful point about prayer. Real prayer.
Real prayer is about real things, real needs, real desires, real feelings, real dreams, real hopes. It can be funny, like his, or painful, like his, or loving, but it is about a real relationship with the Divine, as real as if you and I were to sit down together over a cup of tea.
Beloved, when you get real with the Divine, the Divine gets real with you.
As Michelle Bernard’s five year old son said to her when she left to be a part of MSNBC’s full day of live coverage, “Barack on!”