No matter your political leanings, you have to admit that yesterday was an historic and inspiring day as we inaugurated our 44th President. I followed the action on the web and through texts with one of our Legacy members who tried to make it to the mall in time for the ceremony. (He never made it due to the size of the masses.)
I was struck first by the size of the crowd and the stories of those who never thought they'd see the day an African-American would be the President of the United States. One of our staff members grandmother who chopped cotton in the deep south was there to see it for her own eyes. So many proclaimed the impossible had become reality.
I was moved by Rick Warren's prayer that honored God and invited all into saying the Lord's Prayer. If you missed it, go here. I got nervous when Chief Justice Roberts botched the oath of office, but I guess enough was said to make Senator Obama President Obama.
Our new President is an orator, and we are drawn to those with clear words and confidence. I liked his reminder that big goals are not out of reach for free people and the part about "these things are old, these things are true," responsibility of citizenship, and service to something bigger than ourselves. (Hear his entire message here.) His skill as a speaker must now turn to the grueling work of leading and putting words into actions.
Let the work begin.