I debated about posting this because I don't want anyone to feel I have an 'agenda' on this blog (beyond how fantastic my family is, of course). But I finally decided to do it anyway.
Today was an amazing day for me. I voted for Barack Obama and was thrilled when he won. But I wasn't prepared for how good his inauguration day would feel. I got up early so I didn't have to be driving to work during Obama's speech. I rearranged the library so classes could come view some inauguration streaming video. I kept the inauguration on as much as possible because I wanted to drink in as much as I could while it was actually happening, even though I am four time zones away from DC.
As I drove home from Anchorage tonight, I reflected on my enthusiasm and came to realize that I was more than excited about President Obama. I was also incredibly relieved that President Bush was now former President Bush. I hadn't realized how very sad and disappointed I was about and in our former president. I hadn't realized that I was carrying a burden that was lifted today while watching the festivities.
I know Obama will make mistakes. I know he has a huge learning curve and a huge amount of problems to tackle. But I also know that he seems genuine in his desire to unite this country. That he seems to really want us to work for each other, not just for ourselves. And I think that we will see examples of fulfilling Jesus' social justice mandates through his policies.
So that's my little Inauguration Day musing. Peace!