February 5, 2009
Twittering the National Prayer Breakfast
Unless my cell phone is not allowed for some reason, I'll be twittering during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington this morning. A spokesman for the breakfast declined to say who the keynote speaker will be, but Roll Call is reporting that Tony Blair will address the crowd. Barack Obama is expected to attend before he announces details about the faith-based initiatives.
Update: Here were my tweets during the prayer breakfast. My phone's predictive text spelled Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's name wrong, but it's corrected below.
Joe Biden just arrived at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.
The chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians offered the Lord's Prayer in Cherokee and English.
Barack and Michelle Obama have arrived and Casting Crowns will sing.
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson from Mo. read from Gen. 33:1-12.
Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minn. and Johnny Isakson talk about Senate prayer breakfast. Amy saved the grits from being taken off the menu.
The new senator from NY Kirsten Gillibrand (corrected) read from Matt. 5:14-16 and spoke briefly about God's light and love for the world.
Reps Ike Skelton and Todd Akin offer prayers for nation and world leaders. Tony Blair will speak now.
Blair said religion is under attack from inside and out. He said "Only God can forgive completely in the knowledge of our sin."
Blair spoke about the common good in every religion. Said when courage fails faith can lift one up.
Obama insists that he and Blair prepared separately but also spoke about common value in religion: love your neighbor as yourself.
Obama referenced his plan to unveil plans for the faith-based initiatives. Said it would not favor no particular faith.
Obama spoke about his becoming a Christian after spending time with church members who helped neighbors. "I heard Gods spirit beckon me."