Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I hadn't realized how long it has been since Bobby and I have attended church separately, but that was the case this morning. I was happy to be back in Columbia after a month of being away, able to worship at the church that has brought both of us so much joy. What I was unprepared for, though, was the reality of being there without Bobby. I was barely able to sing the first few worship songs, fighting back tears, missing him and feeling very far away. I was struck by the profound blessing that it is for us to share in worship when we are together, and I recognize now how precious our time together at church truly is.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I’ve had the thought of beginning a blog for some time now, after being blessed and somewhat inspired by the ideas and personal thoughts shared on blogs by a few friends. Today, as I watched the presidential inaugural events throughout the day, I had many thoughts that I feel inclined to share and today seems as good a time as any to begin a blog of my own. What this will become I’m still unsure, but at this time with a changing world and the changes that I am facing at this point in my own life, the opportunity to write my thoughts on a regular basis seems to be a good idea.
More than any other feeling today as our nation welcomes a new president is that of fascination. I am fascinated by the beautiful nature of the presidential transition of power in our American democracy. Our nation is unlike any other, in that in a matter of hours, we can peacefully usher in a new leader, chosen by the people. The pomp and circumstance surrounding the inauguration was fascinating for me to watch, and recognizing the tradition behind the regal pageantry demonstrates the power and distinctiveness of the American presidency.
I don’t agree with all of President Obama’s ideas, and I may not approve of all of his decisions during his presidency, but I do respect the position he holds and the service he is giving to our country. I respect him for bringing hope to so many people, and for what I believe to be a genuine motivation to make the world a better place. I admire the office of the president, and respect the history of our nation because of the presidents we have chosen throughout the years.
I’ll be praying for President Obama, his family, and the individuals working under him, that in the years ahead, they will use wisdom in their decision-making, and be protected as they serve. I strongly believe that our country has been and is blessed by God through the leaders we are given, and I am certain that He has a plan for our new president, too.
Finally, I am reminded today that the festivities we create for our earthly leaders pale in comparison to the heavenly splendor that surrounds our Father, and the magnitude of the “sea of humanity” that worships our true Leader. What a celebration that “inaugural ball” will be….