Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration

Tomorrow Barack Obama will wake for his first full day as President, and I will still have to put gasoline in my car and buy milk at the grocery store. My lawn will remain covered in snow, and my youngest daughter will still be in diapers. This is life with a new president. This is living under the banner of change.


Change is a fair-weather word. It inspires hope and promises a brighter tomorrow. It raises downcast eyes. It provokes lines at voting booths and 2 miles of human traffic at the DC Mall. Change beats business-as-usual, especially when business-as-usual is cutting costs, hours, and jobs.


But change is hard to execute. In his inaugural address, President Obama, spoke with impassioned eloquence (indeed a welcomed change from former presidential speeches). He made promises, acknowledged challenges, and paused to consider the skeptics.


I watched a live feed of the event with a group of pastors. We had gathered to discuss the topic of creating vision. The host church recently kicked off a series relaying the annual theme: It’s Time. Branded on shirts, bulletins, posters, and television screens the slogan screamed for recognition. It’s time to think. It’s time to lead. To serve. To live.


As our new President outlined his hopes and plans, intentions and policies, I couldn’t help but connect his words with the motto of the church where I sat. It’s time… he was saying. For a change. For unity. For personal sacrifice. For America 2.0.


The speech closed with a riotous applause; the ceremony concluded in song. Then our new president was ushered away in a wave of handshakes and blessings. It was a great speech—as many speeches have been great. It was an historic moment—as many moments have been historic. But in the end, the fact remains that tomorrow we still have to work.

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