Well, it seems that we survived the Inauguration, which came off without a hitch in spite of all the threats. Yes of course there were some protests, but as one commentator said, “that’s what freedom sounds like”. Of course there were also some violent incidents, but none that blocked the process of democracy. As I watched yesterday, I was impressed most of all by the gracious and dignified tone set by both Senator Schumer (D NY) and Representative Pelosi (D CA): Kudos to both of them! If you aren’t familiar with them, Sen. Schumer is the Democrats’ leader in the Senate and Rep. Pelosi is their leader in the House and on Monday both will fiercely and ably advocate their party’s interests, but yesterday, they demonstrated how Americans conduct themselves when power transfers, as did President and Mrs. Obama.
Is the shouting over now that the new president is in office?
No, it’s only just begun, but let’s hope that from here on out it will be of a more constructive sort, and not on such a personal level. These four years will be nothing if not fascinating to watch.
Now that we can dispense with all of that stuff, at least for now, we can take stock of vastly more important things. As Christians we all know that our future and our hope really don’t depend on the institutions of men. We also know that that the things that are really important in life are seldom the things that history records, for what is truly important in life are our relationships: Relationship with our families and loved ones, or friends and associates, with our Lord and our God. Even so, this is an incomplete list, for as Jesus would say “even the pagans do that”. We also need to bear in mind that as we go along through this life, our relationships with those who have been forgotten, overlooked, discarded and written off are even more important than our relationships with the ones who love us. For it is in our treatment of and love for those who have been neglected and forgotten that God’s love shines through us and provides light in a dark world.
My thought for today is that we should focus on that love and see what God will do through us… Talk about fascinating to watch!