Friday, January 5

Hello, gorgeous


Little Joe (my son) and I listened to today’s inauguration from my workplace across from the State House. Today’s ceremony was about a fresh start for Massachusetts, just as Little Joe is getting a fresh start.

We listened to Deval’s speech, and it was moving for what it said, disappointing for what it left unsaid. Although I wanted to feel upbeat, I found myself wondering why he neglected to mention the GLBT community, which he also left out of his victory speech on election night.

Far more inspiring, I felt, was Rabbi Jonah Pesner’s invocation. His words represented all that is good—in fact, the very best—within the Judeo-Christian tradition. Integral to Pesner’s faith is a longing for social justice and a deep awareness of our connectedness. For me, these are the most important elements of divinity. I tried to find the text of his prayer online, but met with no success, so I’m going to write him a letter.

I took the above photo as the crowds were gathering on Beacon Street. I don’t know if the man asleep here even knew that such a historic event was taking place less than a hundred feet away while he dozed. I do not know his story. Nor do I know if Deval Patrick’s promises of hope and change will improve his situation and the lives of those like him. I suppose that depends upon whether or not Patrick wil repair the holes left by the Romney administration in our Commonwealth’s safety net.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous peterlee@quik.com said...

I too was in awe of Rabbi Posner's invocation and as I was tryng to find a copy on line, I stumbled across your blog. I do not do blogs because I do not have the time and the few times I looked into them they were mostly rants and wining drivel. Not yours! Wow, you are an amazing person! I loke your range of information from the Jesus Seminars to the inauguration. Quite good.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous peterlee@quik.com said...

Oh, I forgot to request, if you do get the invocation, please send me a copy. I will do the same if I am successful. It needs to be posted!

3:00 PM  
Blogger Sandouri Dean Bey said...

peterlee-
many thanks. i've sent a note to rabbi pesner. if i get a copy, i'll ask for his permission to post it on my blog.
dean

10:42 PM  

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