Monday, January 19, 2009

Hail to the Chief


What a remarkable confluence of history: The inauguration of the first African American president of this country following the remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King's valiant struggle for just such a moment. I can imagine Dr. King and St. Peter leaning on one of Heaven's parapets looking down on the events Tuesday morning when suddenly the gatekeeper of glory nudges Dr. King and says, "See, I told you, we shall overcome."

May the "we" truly be all of us as we put aside political divisions, racial mistrust and economic differences to once again stand as "We the People of these United States...", committed to raising one another up and stepping over the threshold of fear and indifference to apply our considerable skills to "bearing one another's burdens."

I invite you to join me and take a moment and pray for our new president and his coworkers for wisdom, courage and decisiveness. Then let us ask God to show us"... not what our country can do for us, but what we can do for it."

1 comment:

PaulSr said...

Foster, my wife and I watched the whole thing today. What a great day for the United States of America! We finally have lived up to the written words in our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. "...all men are created equal..." It was written a long time ago with a different meaning. Today, those words are as clear as a bell, no interpretation needed.
We do pray that he will have the wisdom, courage, humility, and the ability to do what is right rather than what is popular.
It is indeed a day for all citizens of the United States.
Regardless of who voted for whom, this President is indeed the President of all of the people of the United States.
Any parent can now tell their children that they can grow up to be President and mean it.
Foster, we've seen so much in our lifetimes, but to me, this shows me what the United States really is...United.