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BY GUTHRIE GRAVES-FITZSIMMONS

January 20, 2021
Inaguration Day 2021
"President Biden declares: ‘Democracy has prevailed," The New York Times reports. "Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, taking office at a moment of profound economic, health, and political crises with a promise to seek unity after a tumultuous four years that tore at the fabric of American society.

With his hand on a five-inch-thick Bible that has been in his family for 128 years, Mr. Biden recited the 35-word oath of office swearing to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution” in a ceremony administered by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., completing the process at 11:49 a.m., 11 minutes before the authority of the presidency formally changes hands."
"He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?"

-Micah 6:8
This day felt so far away when I started The Resistance Prays on July 17, 2017. Together, we have resisted the Trump administration politically and spiritually at every turn. Together, we showed the country that the religious right does not have a monopoly on faith in public life. And together, we rooted thousands upon thousands of Christians' Sacred Resistance in Scripture and prayer. Thank you to everyone: our writers and editors, our Patreon supporters, and all of our readers.

Today is a good day. It is a good day because the world is safer and more just with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. We rejoice at history with our first female vice president, our first Black vice president, and our first Asian-American vice president. We rejoice at the bold progressive action that the Biden administration is already taking today, with actions like reversing the Muslim Ban, stopping the Keystone XL pipeline, and directing the entire federal government to address racial justice. 

The President said during his inaugural address: "So, with purpose and resolve, we turn to those tasks of our time. Sustained by faith, driven by conviction, devoted to one another and the country we love with all our hearts." These tasks of our time require all of us to continue raising our voices and organizing for social justice.

The challenges ahead of us are immense. Addressing these challenges requires hope that we can build a more inclusive and equitable nation and world. Today, I have more hope. I have more hope that the just world envisioned in Micah 6:8 is more possible today than it was yesterday. May we all work together with humility to bring that world into being. As we do, know that I have so much love and appreciation for each person reading this devotional.
Breathe. And give thanks to God! There are battles ahead for social, economic, racial, and climate justice. But I encourage you to take a few moments today to breathe and take stock of what we did together. We defeated an authoritarian who tried to reject the will of the people and stay in office anyway. He is gone. New responsible leadership is in charge. We can move forward towards truth, peace,  and justice.
I loved the invocation and benediction from today's inauguration. Let's pray these words together today:

"Be with us, Holy Mystery of Love, as we dream together. Help us under our new president to reconcile the people of our land, restore our dream, and invest it with peace and justice and the joy that is the overflow of love. To the glory of your name forever. Amen." 
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