I have always found Inauguration Day intriguing. When you stop and think what it really means... a man (who may not want to give up the power... as some have not in the past) must turn over the keys to the Big White House... so to speak.
When President Bush and his family left in the helicopter today and Obama and his family turned around to continue today's festivities, it was an amazing sight. That transfer of power that happens every four to eight years in this country... no gunshots, no killings (well, verbal assaults during the campaign), no military action... but handshakes and goodbyes.
Transferring the power from one man to another... arguably the most powerful men in the world at this moment in time and history... done with an election and a handshake. No matter how much the outgoing man in power wants to remain... he leaves... peacefully. Democracy at work, if not perfect (and it isn't)... it is pretty darn good.
I don't know what the coming years will bring. Obama has good ideas but he also stands against a few moral issues for which I stand. Will he bring overall good or not? We never know at a beginning of a presidency.
His rock star status scares me a bit. It almost looked like people were there for the Second Coming if you judged from the crowds who were present and interviews begin given. I know one thing, no one human being can live up to all that hype.
But I can understand the excitement of our first African American president. Not all that long ago Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in that city and had a dream. Today... the dream was fulfilled.
The Bible tells us to pray for our leaders and those in authority. Tomorrow morning I will be adding President Obama, his wife, his children, and their Grammie (a Grammie in the White House, what a great idea!) to my prayer list... they will need our prayers.