The trees across the street…
When I think of presidential inaugurations, so many things come to mind. Of course first and foremost is the peaceful transfer of power from one Administration to another, the hallmark of our Republican system of government, the pride of our Nation. There are also so many memorable phrases from the past…
“With malice toward none and charity for all…”
“…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
And there are personal memories as well. I will never forget that cold day in 1981 when Ronald Reagan declared a “new beginning” or in 2001 when I was so sick with the flu that I was flat on my back in bed instead of my freezing cold seat on the platform…
Even now, when someone asks something like, “when was that…?” My first response is to measure time by the president: “Oh that was early in the Johnson Administration…”
Pretty bad, eh?
No matter how you might want to look at these things, the beginning of a new presidency is the beginning of a new era of sorts; full of promise, and excitement… and sometimes a level of uneasiness as well.
Maybe that depends on whether or not your favorite candidate is being sworn in that day.
I remember well my feelings about the Inauguration 8 years ago; I was pessimistic about the future. Mr. Obama ran on a campaign of platitudes in 2008; they sounded wonderful, but there were no specifics or particulars. To be fair, in a presidential race, there really isn’t room for a great number of specifics, but that year there were far fewer than usual, and the platitudes were spoken in a code I know well, the code of the far left. Sure enough, that’s how he tried to govern.
This time around, the new president is quite different. If nothing else, it will be fascinating to observe his actions and the way his rhetoric plays out in policy. Yet, I don’t know whether or not this will turn out to be a good thing or a bad thing; I hope and pray it’s good. All of this makes for an exciting day!
I do know for certain that it is long past the time when the BS needs to stop.
I’m referring to the silly remarks made by so many of Mr. Trump’s opponents; aren’t you folks tired of making fools of yourselves? Do you seriously think we will forget your several weeks of tantrums? It’s time to act like Statesmen and women and get to work solving the country’s problems.
I pray that each of us will follow God’s lead as we move forward as a Nation; united in our love of country, rather than divided along petty partisan lines. I pray that we will place our trust in God’s Providence and not in mere frail humans, and that above all, we will strive to achieve His purpose, and not the purposes of mere men, and that in all things we will conduct ourselves in a way that magnifies and glorifies our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
Have you ever just sat back and considered everything God has done in your life? For most of us, we don’t take the time to do this often enough; I know I don’t. It may be hard to get started, as thoughts about the here and now rush though our minds, as the distractions and demands of everyday life make so much noise that it’s hard to think. Yet as we continue to ponder, as we begin to relax, God’s doings begin to enter our thoughts, and before too long, they push the distractions away.
We might even move on to ponder and reflect upon what God has done in His Creation; the wonder of all it, its grandeur so magnificent.
When we invest a little time and attention in this way, it isn’t easy to remain silent, is it?
Our God is so amazing, so awesome, so powerful, so loving; how can we think on such things and not enthusiastically give Him praise?
Funny thing about exaltation; once you get started, it’s hard to stop. Imagine what it would be like if we did this every day; don’t you suppose that every day would be as amazing as the things God does in our lives? Oh yes, I bet they would be; can you guess why?
If we began each day reflecting upon all that God is and does in our lives, we would be seeing all that He does each day as we go along, and each day we would be giving him enthusiastic praise, and when you do that, it’s hard to stop… and each day would then become a day of praise.