For most, it is a day for the history books – a new beginning – one giant leap for mankind. For others, it’s the day the earth stood still – the end of the road – an attack on life as we know it.
I see it for what it is – a new chapter.
It begins where another leaves off. Some things will remain constant; some things will end, others will begin. Obama is the hero of the moment. He stands tall and proud and dignified in victory. His smile can light up a room; his intelligent discourse can inspire nations. But the fact remains, he is but human. No man can save the world in his own might. He will disappoint; he may also pleasantly surprise. Even then, he will not be alone.
We have a part to play as well. For change – both good and bad – requires effort. We must work to better ourselves, before we can expect America to be better. Learn. Volunteer. Mentor. Teach. Don’t agree with the laws? Get involved and work to change them. Don’t agree with abortion? Give of your time and resources to protect women who may feel they have no other option.
Do what you can; and at the close of the day place it in the Lord’s hands. Pray for your heart and the heart of your neighbor; pray for all those in authority – whether or not you agree with them. Pray for Obama – for wisdom and protection for him and his family. For only when our hope soars on the wings of prayer can it truly take flight.
Thefore, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “having thus chosen our course, without guile, and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear, and with manly hearts … “