Inauguration Benedictions For Your Consideration, Mr. President

FILE - This Jan. 20, 2009 file photo shows the crowd on the National Mall looking from the Capitol toward the Washington Monu
FILE - This Jan. 20, 2009 file photo shows the crowd on the National Mall looking from the Capitol toward the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial listening to the inaugural address of President Barack Obama. While Washington won’t likely see the record-setting turnout from the last inauguration, officials are planning for a bigger-than-average crowd making plans for a second chance to see a president’s swearing in. District of Columbia officials have pieced together early data projecting 600,000 to 800,000 people will crowd onto the National Mall on Jan. 21. That’s based on past attendance and data including hotel and restaurant reservations and chartered buses. The inauguration is the biggest event every four years in the nation’s capital, followed by July 4th celebrations. The 2009 inaugural drew 1.8 million. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

UPDATE: Rev. Luis Leon, Episcopal Priest at St. John's Church in Washington, DC, Will Deliver Obama's Inauguration Benediction. May he bless all of us and our nation on January 21.

Dear President Obama,

Given what we face in the coming four years, you and America deserve a great benediction at your inauguration. While the original choice came under fire and withdrew, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of Americans who are able and willing to help out in a pinch.

Below you will find a collection of prayers submitted from all kinds of Americans who wish you and our country well. The benedictions are all under 100 words so I encourage you to take a moment to look through them.

We will all be by the phone in case you want to drop us a line. I'm sure one of us can clear our calendars for the 21st.

Sincerely,
Paul