I am utterly disinterested in politics, except today. I am watching the inaugration ceremony for President Barack Obama
There is no doubt that he is an extremely charismatic man, one who at this point in time appears to have integrity and at least he can string a sentence together without making some of the most spectacular publish gaffes, unlike George W. Bush.
I hope and pray that President Obama provides the leadership that is needed to a nation in great need. That he is a man who is able to be both directive and yet compassionate when considering the millions of lives that will be affected by his policies and decisions. I pray he is a man who will pursue peaceful means of reconciliation and justice over any form of violence or war.
I pray that this wife Michelle will be able to provide support to her husband, whilst finding her place in this brand new world into which she has suddenly entered. That she will be able to balance all the demands of being the First Lady, whilst still being a mother, a wife and a woman.
I pray for their two daughters, Malia and Sasha. That whilst their lives have been changed beyond recognition, that they will be able to still have a childhood. That they will grow up to be young women with principles and integrity who saw their father’s ideals and hopes and will pursue their own beliefs in justice and humanity.
Most of all I pray for the safety of this family. That they will be able to be the people God has called them to be and that they will be able to fulfill their part in history.
Today is truly a day of history.
So, I shall leave you with a poem called ‘I, Too, Sing America” that seems to sum it up for me. It was written by Langston Hughes and I heard Peterson Toscano read it at one of his shows a couple of years ago. It sent shivers down my spine then, and it has stayed with me ever since then. Somehow, it seems appropriate to repeat it here today.