21 January 2009

Bishop Robinson's Inaugural Day reflecctions

You must go read the reflection by The Right Rev'd V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire It's really amazing. His blog is here.

[My apologizes to New Hampshire for having listed +Robinson as bishop of Massachusetts. I was listening to a report about Senator Kennedy as I typed the post.]

Here is a snippet about the St. John's service before the inauguration.
Dr. T. D. Jakes gave a magnificent sermon, based on the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, being thrown into the fiery furnace.

Some of his points, on which he elaborated brilliantly:

"there is no light without heat"; the three Hebrew boys were saved because they stood up! it's time we ALL stood up for what is right and good;

King Nebuchadnezzar turns the furnace up to seven times its normal heat, more than the furnace or its contents can bear -- pointing out the ways in which the economy, war, health care, etc. have deteriorated beyond what we can bear; and finally, when the King looks into the furnace to see the boys' destruction, instead, they are intact, and there is a FOURTH figure -- the Spirit of God which has seen them through and preserved them. You can imagine the rest. It was SO powerful.

If you missed this morning's Inaugural Prayer Service from the National Cathedral, it is archived here. You really need to watch it.