January 22nd, 2009

waterfall - running

Delight -

My car needed to go into the shop for a part today, so I headed up the freeway in the dark and rain to get in line. They said I could wait in the lounge, but the TV was on and my nervous system recoils from mindless talk and advertising, so out I went for a walk to a not so near cafe.

There, I read some of the essays in This I Believe II. If you want to feel inspired about life and living, get this book, or the first one, or read online.


I walked over to the bay in what was now mist and discovered a beautiful path that parallels the bay and winds through the marsh. Pure heaven!

I enjoyed a different view of the Richmond Bridge and from where I sat, could see two of the lifts on the bridge augmented by the lift of a little island so it was like a pyramid of hills.

I stopped for rocks and plants and came home to work in the rain in the yard. We have been so desperate for rain that we are thrilled it has returned. Everything is beautiful, wet, and green. Hooray!

alan - lilies in the shade

Jim Wallis of Sojourners -

Some believe Jim Wallis was the logical choice to give the prayer at the Inauguration, but he wasn't the one chosen.  I place some excerpts from his comments on the event here.

For four decades, I’ve been fighting against all the bad stuff in America—the poverty, the racism, the human rights violations, and always the wars. At a deeper level, the arrogance, self-righteousness, materialism, and ignorance of the rest of the world, the habitual ignoring of the ones that God says we can’t, the ones Jesus calls the least of these.

From the time I got kicked out of my little white evangelical church as a young teenager, and plunged into the student movements of my generation, the issue that drove me was racism. Now the son of an African immigrant and a Kansas white woman has become president. I keep pinching myself.

And he talks differently—about almost everything.

I’ve known him for a decade, but I watched him grow as a leader all through this campaign, and now each day. I have never met a more self-disciplined political leader, with one exception—Nelson Mandela. And Mandela had the advantage of 27 years of spiritual formation in a South African prison.

I am used to White Houses who want to arrest me—22 times over 40 years. This White House wants our advice. Leaders from the faith community have been virtually inhabiting the offices of the Transition Team over the last weeks, with our advice being sought on global and domestic poverty, human rights, criminal justice, torture, faith-based offices, foreign policy, Gaza and the Middle East. A staffer joked one day, “We should have just gotten all of you bunks here.”


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