Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

If I could go back and vote again, I still wouldn't cast my ballot for Barack Obama. I like him no more now than I did on that fateful day in November. And I, for one, did not get all weepy or emotional during any portion of today's inaugural events, except for the part where President Bush arrived as the US Marine Corps band played for him a final rendition of "Hail to the Chief". Now that gave me goosebumps. Sniff!

However. Recognizing the historic significance of this inauguration, I couldn't, in good conscience, simply let it pass unobserved by my children. Having focused with them on civil rights in the week preceding Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we further discussed the great strides our society has made towards equality in the past fifty years. And while they are fully aware of our reasons for voting against Barack Obama, I believe they understand that, whether we like it or not, he is now our new President and we have an obligation to pray for his success.

God of power and might, wisdom and justice,
through you authority is rightly administered,
laws are enacted, and judgment is decreed.
Assist with your spirit of counsel and fortitude
the President and other government leaders of these United States.
May they always seek the ways of righteousness, justice and mercy.
Grant that they may be enabled by your powerful protection
to lead our country with honesty and integrity.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Stephanie said...

I am with you on your thoughts about Obama as our new president. I think all we can do is pray and make sure our voices are heard to say no to FOCA!

Jill said...

I think you could assemble a scrapbook just with the adorable theme cakes you've made over this year! My favorite was your dragon cake from St. George's feast day.

You are such a creative mom.

Ann Y said...

Thank you for expressing it so well. After reading what you wrote, I prayed differently. Thank you.