Things I’m thankful for today:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Lord rises up rulers for His purposes, so we need not fear. (Proverbs 21)
- I have the freedom to differ with my president on moral issues without fear of arrest or imprisonment.
- Our president and his wife are dedicated to one another and to their children…a wonderful example of the importance of family.
- SNOW (this has nothing to do with the Inauguration, but it snowed here last night, which is huge news).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.