Our New President

Any way you slice it, today was a landmark day for our nation.  I watched the inauguration with these 17 other pastors from around Indiana.  It was a substantial event. 

The pastor sitting next to me was moved as someone born outside the USA, but naturalized as a citizen.  There are two African American pastors, who helped me understand the power of this in their lives personally.  There was reflection and critique on the speech and the prayers (personally, I loved both prayers as diverse as they were in style), the peaceful transition of power.

I’ve been wrestling through my reflections most of the day.  Let me break them down in some categories:

I think everyone should:

-embrace President Obama as our leader

-pray for President Obama as our leader

-Follow President Obama’s calls to individual Americans.


I think our country needs:

-a lift…I tend to think this comes spiritually more than emotionally.

-a challenge…to sacrifice.

-to “put childish ways behind” us

-a reality check…that our country is facing a new era and old solutions and gridlock will not work


I’m most hopeful that:

-President Obama will embody meekness…a truly humble strength.

-We all will own our responsibility in a healthy democracy.

-We will remember that God works through leaders. 

-And that God works most often outside of government structures.

~ by Greg Lee on January 21, 2009.

5 Responses to “Our New President”

  1. Happy Inauguration Day! Obama’s election is truly a reason to be hopeful, and proud

  2. I loved the end of the last prayer… he lightened the mood for those who were distracted by a prayer and left a good message there that everyone heard. I don’t think Obama was laughing specifically at any part of the prayer but at the spirit of the ending… It is so true and was not meant to offend but to challenge everyone. Americans need to be challened to do what is right.

  3. I’m so grateful to live in a country where the transfer of power is so peaceful. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. The ceremony and the thought brought tears to my eyes.

  4. We are praying for the safety of the Obama family and for our new President to stay focused on the right course for our country. Sadly, even a strong president cannot do the job alone…it is also up to our Congress. Our job as citizens is to be mindful of what is going on in government and stay abreast of what happens in Congress. We need to be united as a Nation (under God) and remind ourselves that this dilemma did not happen overnight; nor can it be remedied overnight. I pray for sanity and conscience to guide our lawmakers… It was, indeed, a moving occasion on Inauguration Day. I don’t think Obama wanted anyone to vote for him because he was “African American” but to vote for him because he was willing to try to bring change to the chaos of our nation at this time….I am certainly praying for him to be able to guide us to that point of stability again. Thanks for the post ….let’s all keep our leaders in prayer!!

  5. I felt the ceremony, speech & prayers were very moving! I was amazed at the amount of people in attendance! Can you imagine if all those millions of people and all that excitment were about our Savior! Maybe this is how God will use this event. By challenging his people for a better America and get back to the basics of generosity, unity and acceptance among it’s people.

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