"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -Emerson

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


As I sit by my window and watch a fresh blanket of snow fall to the ground, I can't help but think of today's historical events. The purity and beauty I see outside my window is reminiscent of what we as America have seen today. Regardless of your political orientation, today marks a day our children will read about in history books. Today marks a day in which, anyone, regardless of the color of their skin, ethnicity, socio-economic status or any other secondary factor to who they are can serve the country in the highest policitcal office we have. This is monumental and I am overjoyed to have been alive to see history come on the heels of celebrating Dr. King's birthday yesterday.

I am prayerful today. I think there is still a lot of division amongst Americans that I don't think will ever be resolved. As a country, both republicans and democrats, all want a savior, some political superhero to burst through the clouds and bring our country through some of our difficult times. For some, they see the new President of the United States as that savior. For others, they see him as a new adversary to be fought.

I don't think either of these outlooks is fair to this mere mortal who just hours ago, took an oath that will forever change his life and the lives of all Americans. The truth is he is just a man, who is going to face a countless number of decisions that will impact us here at home and those in countries around the globe. He is going to make mistakes, many of them. He is going to make some choices that will hopefully change the course of history for the better. But, at the end of the day, he will still not be the savior Americans are looking for.

It is dangerous to put our hopes and dreams into the hands of another person because in case you haven't noticed, humanity is flawed and frailed in all sorts of weakness and evils. All we can do is place our hope in the God of the universe who will hopefully, be the one true guide in this country's future actions.

Regardless of who you voted for in November, we each have a duty: both as Americans and as children of God, to support this new leader. He is going to fail, many a times over, but it is our duty to pray for him as he seeks the guidance of experts in all sorts of fields and Lord willing, the guidance of the One true expert.

So, let's all rejoice in this new chapter in American history. Let us all be glad that America has finally become a nation in which Dr. King's dream and ultimately, the dream of our creator rings true, a nation "where [we] will not be judged by the color of [our] skin but by the content of [our] character".

Here is to history...

Until next time,

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