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Color It Historic

The spectrum of hope through a prism of change. PLUS: Two Black Men, One Holy Purpose

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
January 21, 2009

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Color It Historic

Color It Historic
The spectrum of hope through a prism of change

A black man in a white house
means a bright red letter day.
Blue skies abound for all who live
within the USA.

We're in the pink as we recall
the blessings God has given.
How we survived that dark gray day
we nicknamed 9-11.

The world is green with envy as
it contemplates our fame.
Our purple mountains' majesty
and amber waves of grain.

If only Martin King were here
to see this rainbow day.
A crown of gold could not compare
with that for which he prayed.

Yes, we've good cause to celebrate
and do this thing up brown.
What was George W's D.C.
is now Obama's town. 

Two Black Men, One Holy Purpose
An inauguration poem and prayer

On Lincoln's steps a black man stood
and voiced a God-size dream.
With prophet-eyes he saw a day
that no one else had seen.

A day of true equality
where color doesn't count.
Where every person has a chance.
Where trust replaces doubt.

But tragically this one who dreamed
would not see it fulfilled.
Incarnate hate took aim at hope
and Martin's voice was stilled.

On Lincoln's steps a black man stands
declaring hope's alive.
The change of which another dreamed
has come and will survive.

He looks intently down the Mall
aware his time has come
to live the dream and lead the way
uniting us as one.

God, bless America
as You bless the new president
America inaugurates today.

As he pledges allegiance to Old Glory,
be glorified through his admission
that we are indeed one nation under You.

As he listens to Your servant Rick Warren
pray over the proceedings of this day,
help him hear Your heart
beating with concern
for righteousness, justice and compassion.

As he lays his hand upon Your Word
and takes an oath of faithfulness,
lay Your hand upon his life
and remind Him of Your promises to be faithful
to all who dare to honor You.

As he stands to address those
who look to him as Commander-in-Chief,
stand beside him and remind him
that he has been seated
in this place of honor and responsibility
by You alone.

As You bless Barack Hussein Obama
with a tangible sense of Your presence,
God, bless America.  Amen.

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dstampsuk from London, England writes:
January 21, 2009
Thanks for both poems, they capture the day and sentiment of many with humility, graciousness and true hope acknowledging our dependence on our Great God.

elm from 98801 writes:
January 22, 2009
RE: Two Black Men, One Holy Purpose
Your inauguration poem and prayer was very well expressed.

Tis amazing how far we have come from the days of Jim Crow. 70 some years ago in Sunday School, I and other children sang, ... "red and yellow black and white they are precious in his sight." 2009, AMERICA has arrived! Many of the overwhelming DC crowd and television viewers alike were in tears, touched by the clarion call of another that hit home within their very soul. I sense Barack Obama is a very soulfull person. A man gifted with great kindness and the ability to weigh what lays heavy on his heart rather than rushing to conclusions and acting in haste. I count it a blessing that I have lived to see the day where color of one's skin is no longer a stain.

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Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.

"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world."Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer

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