I’m Thankful

Things I’m thankful for today:

  1. We live in a country where the transition of power is a peaceful one. Most kings and presidents (past and present) do not have coffee in the presidential mansion with their successor.
  2. I have the freedom to educate my children at home, where we will spend a day playing in the snow, learning about our country, and watching the Inauguration.
  3. In essentially a single generation in the United States, we have gone from African-Americans being less than full citizens to an African-American man being Citizen Number One.
  4. The Lord rises up rulers for His purposes, so we need not fear. (Proverbs 21)
  5. I have the freedom to differ with my president on moral issues without fear of arrest or imprisonment.
  6. Our president and his wife are dedicated to one another and to their children…a wonderful example of the importance of family.
  7. SNOW (this has nothing to do with the Inauguration, but it snowed here last night, which is huge news).
  8. Inauguration Day is full of the pomp and show that I love, even if by this time tomorrow the glitz and polish has worn off.
  9. The Oath of Office does not officially contain the words, “so help me God,” but every single incoming president has followed George Washington’s good example in completing the vow with those words.
  10. God sustained George W. Bush through perhaps the most trying eight years of this country’s history. I am thankful he will get some rest.

My memories of inaugurations are always tied into Cameron’s life…we watched George W take the Oath of Office as we waited outside the hospital nursery for the staff to discharge our firstborn. In those days we walked onto airplanes with limited oversight and the name Osama Bin Laden was known only to intelligence officers. I wonder prayerfully what the next four or eight years will bring.

5 Responses to “I’m Thankful”

  1. Anonymous

    Re: #10 Please read a little more about the Civil War if you think that the past eight years have been “the most trying eight years in this country’s history.” History will record that George Bush’s presidency actually exacerbated the difficulties we have faced over the past eight years. I am thankful that he is gone.Craig

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  2. Anonymous

    Rachael,If you have some substantive criticism of the opinions I have expressed, please share them and I will be happy to respond.Craig

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  3. Kelly

    Hi Craig,Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Just a couple things..1-I’ve finally buckled down and required an email address for comments. Just makes me more comfortable with the “anonymous” comments that come by. Hope you don’t mind.2-I have read a great deal about the Civil War (I actually attended undergrad down the road from Gettysburg), and yes, it was a very trying time. Perhaps you noticed the word “perhaps” before the portion you quoted above. That usually means “it could be argued,” which is what you’re doing, I suppose. The attack on 9/11 was different in many ways than any other event in our nation’s history. It was an attack on civilians on American soil using commercial aircraft. Unprecedented. But see #3 below for whether I am interested in arguing about that or not. :-)3-This seems rather obvious, but for the sake of clarity I want to restate the purpose of this post…my aim was to obey the apostle Paul’s charge in I Timothy chapter 2:”1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”Therefore, I will give thanks for Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

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  4. Rachael Starke

    Hi Craig – I apologize for the very late response. And I also apologize for the comment, which really should have been to Kelly in private. And I would have still said it. Here’s why.Kelly recently has received a larger than expected uptick in people outside our little circle coming across her blog. A large part of that is because several highly trafficked blogs got linked to hers, one of them by way of me. I should have asked her permission to see if she would look forward to having a wide variety of sets of unfamiliar eyes come across her gentle domain. Trust me, I will next time.So perhaps you’re one of those folks. Or perhaps you’re one of those even more charming folks that just Googles blogs for President Bush’s name so that you can pick a fight. If that was your intent, I cordially invite you to find one of those other blogs and take your Bush Derangement Syndrome there. Thanks.

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