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A Prayer Request

Posted Thursday, October 9, 2008, at 9:02 AM

Wednesday, June 5, 1968, began at the usual time. I went to the kitchen and turned on the morning news. A few minutes later I told Kay, "He died."

I was much more of an observer of the 1960s than a participant. We were busy starting a family and scratching out a living. There were a lot of life-shattering things going on in those days, though. The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy on that June day in 1968 came at a particularly bad time in our history and simply added fuel to a fire which was consuming our nation. We had endured the death of a President, protests against the war in Viet Nam were becoming news, and the Civil Rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was reaching a climax which would be followed by riots from Watts to Washington. But, in all of this it always seemed to me the greatest waste was the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.

The President of the United States, as President Kennedy himself had said, knows he is a target of some fanatic wanting to be famous. Dr. King prophesied repeatedly his own martyrdom. Both knew this was part of the price leadership paid. But, at the time of his death Bobby was just one of several candidates running for the Democratic nomination. He was killed simply because he was unfamiliar with someone's particular problems.

What follows here is neither an endorsement of nor recommendation for any candidate by either this blogger or The Brazil Times. It is simply the prayer request of someone old enough to remember the national pain we call the 60s. For months, perhaps a year, I have been burdened for the physical safety of Senator Barrack Obama. Never before in America's history have we had a candidate for President so vulnerable to personal attack. While it is true we have come a long way since 1968, it is also still true that in this the year of our Lord 2008 there are those who would harm a man simply because of the color of his skin.

Personally I don't know how our nation would deal with one more national catastrophe right now; particularly a senseless, wasteful one. We have too much going on.

They say each of us finds God in our own way, praying to that God in their own manner. There are those who say prayer works, and those who say God's purposes are immutable. It's not for me to say who is right about all that. Neither do I know whether it is God's will Obama should be President or not. I don't pretend even to know whether he'd be a good one or poor. But I do believe he needs God's protection, because it is tied so closely to our nation's protection. So I request whatever influence you may have with the Almighty be used to seek the welfare of those running for America's highest office. And, it would be all right, too, if when praying you want to throw in something about the war, the economy, or any of the other insurmountable problems a President faces.

David L. Lewis is an observer of and sometimes commentator on life who may be reached via e-mail at kayanddavid@joink.com.

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He and all leaders will be in my prayers. I don't want my children to know the pain and struggles we children of the 60's remember.

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Oct 9, 2008, at 11:42 AM

I remember thinking "this must be the end of the world coming" after Dr. King's assasination... the President was gone...then Bobby. I was a teenager when it happened. The country has really not changed that much. The "he's not one of us" and "who is Barack Obama?" that the McCain campaign is using proves that.

I will keep all of the candidates in my prayers, because there are unstable people on both sides,and even when the campaign is over the safety of the participants will not be assured.

The next President will inherit problems the magnitude which has never been seen. The collapse of the global marketplace, the never-ending war in Iraq, the never-ending war in Afganistan, the mortgage fiasco...He will need the Hand of the Almighty to get us through. America needs to pray.

-- Posted by virginiagrace on Thu, Oct 9, 2008, at 10:46 PM

I was at the ambassador on June 5, 1968. I was part of the advance team. Our singing group, The Sounds of Time, opened up venues in which RFK would speak. We sang and warmed up the crowds. My father died at the age of 39 when I was 5 and told me life was bitter-sweet. One had to be able to appreciate and live through both. June 5 was bitter sweet since it was my birthday and the day Bobby was shot. I believe there were no safe exits for RFK to have taken that night. I felt he was in danger and it had to do with a statement he made in debating McCarthy a short time before. My birthday also marked the day the Arab-Israeli War started in 1967. I felt danger was all around RFK that night and spent the entire night looking for signs of danger. RFK was in danger no matter where he turned that night. I was the last person to have a conversation with him before he made his way up to the stage. He thanked our group and I told him I would see him in the White House soon. As it turned out the next time I saw him was when I kneeled at his grave at Arlington. America has never recovered from the 60's.

-- Posted by fainstadt on Fri, Oct 10, 2008, at 12:43 AM

One last item. I spent the night looking for an assassin because I felt RFK's statement about sending Phantom Jets to Israel would inflame someone or give a group an opportunity to assassinate him. I spent the night looking for any hint of danger. I often would leap off the stage and confront people who looked like they were out of it emotionally and were there to hurt our candidate. I missed Sirhan by 30 seconds but thats another story for another day. The guards were no security that night and I often argued with them. Long story long ago. bye for now.

-- Posted by fainstadt on Fri, Oct 10, 2008, at 12:48 AM

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