Splashed on the AP wire today, these words from a prominent national politician:
"Lord—Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will."
The words are Obama's. As is traditional, he placed a small scrap of paper bearing the prayer in the cracks of Jerusalem's Western Wall on his visit there this week. In an act that might be called warrantless wiretapping on a phone call to God, someone pulled the note and handed it off to an Israeli paper, which published it.
So far, coverage has been very low key, with most stories emphasizing the serious party foul involved in stealing someone's prayer. My question: What if the same note had come from George Bush's pen? One can only imagine the headlines: President Sees Self as "Instrument" of God's Will!