Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inaugural Insights

I am certainly not a fan of our 44th president.

Yet, as I watched the Inauguration today, I felt an unexpected surge of emotion, my eyes filled with tears, and I was overcome with gratitude. You probably think you stumbled onto the wrong blog, so let me explain!!

First of all, I am extremely grateful for a nation where we have had a peaceful transfer of power 44 times! There was no blood shed, no military coup, just a very civil transfer of power from one political party to another. Our outgoing President and ingoing President, though vastly different in every way, chatted amicably together in the limousine on the way to the inauguration! That is truly something to be thankful for!

Secondly, I am grateful for a country where the American Dream still exists, even though its gleam is a bit tarnished. For a man such as Barak Obama to be able to rise above his humble beginnings and to overcome powerful prejudices to ascend to the highest position in our land, is truly spectacular. I am thankful to live in a land where such Cinderella stories are still possible.

Thirdly, I was grateful for the prayer offered by Pastor Rick Warren. Although I must admit that I'm not much of a fan of that man, either, I was impressed with his prayer. I was holding my breath the entire time, waiting to see how he would end it. My spirit soared when I heard him boldly offer his prayer in the Name of Jesus, whom he credited for changing his life. And just in case anyone missed it the first time, he boldly proclaimed this Name that is Above All Names in more than one language. I was so thankful for his courage and his powerful prayer, which was heard by millions!

Fourthly, I was grateful for the fact that this new president stands before us by Divine Appointment and not by random chance! Daniel 2:20-21 says, " . . . Blessed be the name of God forever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: and he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding."

Furthermore, Romans 13:1 instructs, "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God." The Amplified Version makes it even clearer: "Let every person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God's appointment." I am thankful for God's sovereignty and that He rules and overrules in the affairs of men!

And so, I am thankful today to be an American and am extremely hopeful that this new President will exceed my expectations, and if not, that four years will go by quickly! ;) I am also thankful for this opportunity to trust God and watch His perfect plan unfold. We are reminded daily that having the first African-American in the Oval Office is history in the making, but all of history is actually His Story, and we are privileged to have "front row seats" as we watch his plan unfold.


Lainie said...

My children kept asking me why I was crying! I agree that regardless of my feelings toward him as a politician, today was a day I was proud to be an American!

I almost told the children that Rick Warren was probably instructed to not mention "Jesus." I'm glad I didn't have to!

EllaJac said...

What a good post. I'm with you; I'm no fan of his, but to see such diametrically opposed leadership change places so smoothly - especially when all over the world a president will just refuse to step down when an election is lost, or tearing up their "old" constitution because they want to rule instead... Ours is truly a blessed nation!

Kathy - mom of many said...

I love this post. I only watched the Inaugural Parade but I felt the same patriotic feelings for our nation. Now, the commentators made me all aggitated and I finally had to turn off the TV. It's like they worship the new president. I couldn't take anymore and shut it off. I will pray for our president but I can't listen to the news much anymore. It puts me in a foul mood and I get grouchy with my children.

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