18 January 2009

By the dawn's early light...

There is a new day dawning in America and by the dawn's early light it looks promising. We have been struggling with unrest and have been plagued with nightmares. Today, along with countless millions of other Americans I offer a prayer for our country and our new president. As a young man growing up in Chicago there were a number of things that I never expected to see in my lifetime. I never expected to see a Polish Pope, I never expected to see lights go up at Wrigley Field, I never expected to see the fall of both the Iron and Bamboo Curtains, and I never expected to see a person of color become the President of the United States. I hope and I pray that this man can bring us together as a nation and lead us to a brighter tomorrow. He is my leader and I shall follow him. I remember as a schoolboy we used watch Captain Kangaroo on television and sing:

"We're following the leader, the leader, the leader,
We're following the leader wherever he may go.

We won't be home 'til morning, 'til morning, 'til morning,

We won't be home 'til morning, our leader told us so.
"

The morning that we will come home to is a morning full of hope and the realization that America still has the potential for a wonderful future in store for ourselves and our progeny and it is for us to get behind our leader and make it so.

I am also reminded of one of my favorite quotes from “Ulysses” by Alfred Lord Tennyson:

"Come, my friends.
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite

The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds

To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths

Of all the western stars, until I die."

Won't it be wonderful when the people of the United States of America seek a newer world and can rid themselves of the shadow of division and racism which has hung over our nation for such a long time and we can embrace each other as equals in our own eyes as well as those of the Lord. We will then be truly “Free at Last!” like in the dream of Martin Luther King.

Thank God Almighty!

7 comments:

glorv1 said...

Thank you for your kind thoughts on my blog Bog.
I agree with you and your excellent post. There are those who may not, but I feel the majority does want and care that our new leadership takes us in the right direction. I am sending nothing but good karma to our leaders and wish all the best in the next years ahead.
Again Bob, you are a kind person and thx for your nice comments.

Babs said...

Now THAT is eloquence.......you said it all so much better then I.
Thanks my friend!

Amber said...

Amen!

YayaOrchid said...

Here, here! I agree with what you said too!

Alfredo said...

As you guys like to say....God bless America, I mean, the United States.

Palapa Life said...

I'm new to your site. Have been reading entries for the last hour. Good stuff!
We are Canadians but were totally caught up in the US election. We watched many of the debates, the Denver convention, Grant Park, and yes, much of the inaugeration week coverage.
On our satellite, we get all of the networks and it just seems like the biggest 'game' happening. Like the Super Bowl or the World Series, the US stations have such dramatic reporting and commentators, as well as such amazing 'players'.
In the midst of this, Canada had an election and no one came, nothing changed.
Congrats to you all for choosing new possibilities. I believe the whole world will be better for it.

1st Mate said...

Looking back through our rollcall of former presidents, I was struck by the fact that Obama is not only the first person of color to be elected, he's also the first to be other than of Caucasian, Northern European extraction. A new day indeed.

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