(See Psalm 84:1)
How lovely is this day, O God of the Heavenly Hosts
How lovely to be in Your presence,
in the presence that both welcomes and embraces.
How lovely to see tangible signs of your inclusive love.
We only ask that you forgive us for not gathering together sooner.
Still, here we are!
And, in this moment, on this day, our cup overflows with possibilites for peace.
How lovely to see groups of people, people from all walks of life, standing strong, arm in arm throughout our beloved city,
arm in arm in sisterhood,
arm in arm in brotherhood,
east, west, north and south
–all God's children arm in arm in unity.
How lovely to witness so many people putting prejudice and hatred behind them and walking forward with courage and resolve.
Walking away from the darkness and into the light.
O, how lovely is this day, God of the heavenly hosts.
For we are listening
And You are speaking--
speaking words of grace,
speaking words to soften all human hearts,
You are speaking loud and clear. . . and you are saying to all of us gathered here in front of city hall.
-- “How lovely.”