A Prayer For 2008
How shameless it is of some to stand in their conviction that words alone convey meaning and without attribution to the time and context written by mere mortal men. How courageous were our founders who grasped for words and fought amongst words to elicit a sense of democracy and freedom – in the context of their time – and how do we not revere their courage and their, yes enlightenment, and even their liberal or progressive views – taken in context of the time and place they were conceived. Just as some can only see the literality of the Bible and walk it as if it were traffic directions and never see the courage and enlightened thought that in the context of the time and place it was written could produce such a marked and magnificent view of morality. One in which individuals were worthy, all individuals. And that men treated men not just with civility but also with love and caring and charity.
Amazingly, it is that some among us are so rigid, so obfuscated, so obtuse, as to lose their way in principle, and rail against those who lose their way in feeling. And rarely are there those amongst us who can delve between principle and feeling to offer insight, to offer common good, to offer common sense – that too takes courage and an enlightened soul, such as were once held by those great authors of the Bible and of our own Constitution.
We don’t so much live in perilous times, as life exists perilously – and only when courage and a flash of brilliance and God given inspiration join in one man’s soul does he have the opportunity and the burden to move us forward. Pray that we find such character in our next president.