Watching my children watching our newly elected 44th president, I was finding it hard not to get emotional. I have heard my parents and grandparents talk of moments of history that they can never forget- Pearl Harbor, the day JFK died. In my own lifetime, I have experienced the horror of that day on 9/11/01. But today, a happy note has been added in that litany. Years from now, I will tell my grandchildren- "I remember when the first African American President was elected." Although I do not agree with the President on many factors and issues, I am deeply amazed and grateful to finally see this day come to fruition. I wish Dr. King had been alive to see it- and as I watched the wizened faces of the Tuskegee airmen on the platform, I wondered what they must have been thinking. I am thankful to see it happen in my lifetime. How proud I am to be an American today, and to witness this moment in history.
to thy merciful care, that being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell
secure in thy peace. Grant to THE PRESIDENT
OF THE UNITED STATES,
and to all in Authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will.
Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness; and make them ever
mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,
one God, world without end. Amen.
1928 Book of Common Prayer