Tuesday, January 20, 2009
God Bless America
No matter your politics, today is a historic day in our country. The office of the President is to be respected and revered. I remember when our family was stationed in South Dakota, the current president came to visit. I took the two older children to see him. I even took the oldest out of school. I was asked if I had voted for that President. My response then is the same as it would be today. "That is not the issue. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It is the President. As a citizen of this country I want to share this with my children." I feel the same today. It is the President. A principle and foundation of our nation's history and evidence of our place in our global society.
The last time our country ushered in a new administration our country was severely tested with 9/11. I pray that there is not a repeat occurrence this time. I pray that our new President governs with wisdom, courage, compassion, love and faith. I pray that all in our country be safe from harm. Not only abroad but here at home. I pray that we as a country remember that we are blessed to be a part of the greatest nation on earth. Our country may be facing less than certain times economically but we still have so much more than 90% of the rest of the world. That we learn to better share our resources with those in need. That we learn to be grateful for what we have. That we live our lives with dignity and pride and teach our children to do the same. That we live with compassion not only for others but for ourselves. And we live our lives with the knowledge that we are all dear darling precious children of God. And that God loves each of us, not all of us, but each of us. There is a difference.
Today is historic simply for what it is, the inauguration of the President of the United States of America. Of course it is historic for other obvious ways; the realization of a dream. That no matter who you are, what color you are, what creed you are, what circumstances you came from; you too can dream to be President.
So no matter who you voted for, stand proud to be an American.