Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A New Season

My dad and I used to sit down at the end of the summer and discuss how we thought the summer went. He would say, "How was your summer?" And the discussion would begin. We would talk about people we met, old friends we saw, good things that happened, bad things that happened and even sort of rate the summer. I loved those kinds of talk with my dad. Now that I am a parent, I know how much he loved those talks too. One thing that it taught me was to look at life and see the good and capitalize on it. But also to look at the bad and what went wrong. Maybe you put the bad behind you, but definitely you moved on, and tried to make things better if you could. I hated to see summer end and I usually cried and moped around the house for a week, because I missed the mountains so much. Then the school year would start. I always loved the beginning of a new season – meeting new friends, seeing old friends, finding out who my teachers would be, etc. Maybe the year would go well; maybe it would not, but new beginnings always excite me even when I am sad to see the old pass away. There is always hope for good things. And then there would be another summer…

I did not watch any news shows yesterday, because I hate listening to all of the "speculation" from the media. I just wanted to wait until the fat lady sang. This morning I turned on the computer to see whom our next President would be. Was I disappointed, surprised, etc? Not really. Well, maybe a bit disappointed. And yet, I know in who my trust and hope is, and it is not Obama. I know in whose kingdom I am a citizen, and I am not talking about the USA. No matter what changes go on in this world, my beliefs and faith will not change. In times of prosperity or in times of want, my life is supposed to be straight and steady. There is a touch of excitement for me (maybe because I am an optimist) in having a new president. It is kind of that same feeling as starting a new school year.

I can look back at the Bush era and think, "Wow, there was some good things, and there was some bad." I can be excited to see what Obama does now without too much worry, because my life is on a steady walk. No matter who our government leaders are, I will pray for them to be wise. And if they are not, life will go on.

12 comments:

inpassing said...

I was sad, but not overwhelmed. I was hoping it would be different, but not surprised. And through it all, I've been at peace!!

It reminded me somewhat of this verse...II Corinthinans 4:7-10

Just sign me..."A Fellow Citizen" (if you have ears to hear, you'll know what I mean)

John said...

Unfortunately Lou, it will take a generation to undo the damage that will be done by Obama (liberal Supreme Court Justices, waving the white flag to freedom around the world etc.) This Republic was founded upon democracy and capitalistic ideals and not the socialistic principles that will be forced upon this nation the next 4 years. The damage will be severe...I just pray that we can withstand it down the road. As I have said to my liberal friends...Welcome to the Un-United Socialist States of America.

Jo Castillo said...

I was disappointed, too. Maybe the Rep. will wake up and be responsible now and do the right things. Our country survives, we go on with hope in our hearts, as you say. Later...

Dawn said...

Amen Lou and inpassing :)

Jenny said...

Well said. And absolutely right.

Nancigail said...

Amen Lou! You hit the nail right on the head! I will look forward, (not backward), and let God make good on all His promises for all His followers. "Let not your heart be troubled."
Thank you, Lou, for your thoughts on the web!

Buck said...

Disappointment 'R' Us... but the Republic WILL survive.

You missed a couple of good speeches last night, Lou. McCain's concession speech was the class act of the evening; Obama's speech wasn't bad, either.

Your post is the first thing I've read today. I was up until around 0400 this morning watching all the brouhaha; gonna pour my first refill and give some thought to what it is I'll post today....

inpassing said...

I have to agree, Buck.

I watched both speeches. John McCain acted like the honorable American that he is. His concession speech told how he truly feels about his country when he referred to Obama as "My President". John McCain understands the chain of command and submitting to authority.

And...I'll have to give it to Obama, I thought his victory speech was pretty good, too.

This election was historical especially if you are old like me and can remember when blacks didn't even go to school with whites and then all the bussing for desegregation. But it will take some time to see just how kindly history reflects on President Obama's time in the White House.

Becky said...

My earworm yesterday was an old song that goes,

Be strong in the Lord and be of good courage for He is our God

Be strong in the Lord and rejoice for the battle is His.

(Truncated version--I omitted some of the repeats)

It means more than ever now.

Then this morning, before I even knew who had won (though I really always knew), I couldn't get the Patrick Henry quote out of my mind:

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?

I've always been fiercely independent. Maybe that's why I can't seem to settle down and get married.

Buck said...

Inpassing sez: I watched both speeches. John McCain acted like the honorable American that he is. His concession speech told how he truly feels about his country when he referred to Obama as "My President". John McCain understands the chain of command and submitting to authority.

And...I'll have to give it to Obama, I thought his victory speech was pretty good, too.


Agreed on all counts, Inpassing. It was VERY hard for me to watch Obama, but I did. And he WAS good... inspirational, even.

Obama will be MY president, too. I'll support him, but I'll also feel free to disagree with him... loudly and long... when and if I feel he's wrong (I think I'll have LOTS of opportunity in this space...). That's the way we roll in these United States.

Knit and fall back in it said...

Thanks, Lou. That was beautifully stated.

Bag Blog said...

Buck posted both speeches at Exileinportales.blogspot.com. - thanks Buck.

John, I guess we need to wait and see what Obama does rather than fretting. But understand - This kingdom will pass away someday.

Becky, for some odd reason "Super Trouper" is stuck in my head :)

Nacigail, it is always good to hear from you. Just knowing that you are out there and stoping by to read my blog makes me happy.


Jo, I hope it is a wake-up call to the Reps also.

Knit, Dawn, Jenny, thanks for your support and words.

Inpassing, you are a wise sister.