November 5, 2008

No Matter Who You Voted For

The Story of Ann Nixon Cooper as told by President-Elect Obama:

"This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight's about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing: Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons -- because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin. And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America -- the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can. At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can. When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "We Shall Overcome." Yes we can.

A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination.

And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change.

Yes we can."

I cried as I heard him speak those words. My children, who had stayed up to see the outcome of this election were able to witness history today. My older two children will most likely remember this election, but something they are likely to not remember-- that there was ever a time (in their lifetimes) that a black candidate could not be President of the United States.

No matter which party you support, no matter the reasons you voted, no matter your convictions, we have reason to rejoice.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I lift my arms up to the You in praise and with hope. I pray that we find peace in the next four years. That Your will be done and You renew our country... That others will pray for our brave new President. Lord, this election was prayed over by so many. I know there are those rejoicing and those who are grieving. I ask Lord that You bring peace to those who are hurting and that they will know that You are God, and that their prayers are not in vain. I know Lord that with You, all things are possible.

Amen

2 comments:

Carissa said...

These were exactly my thoughts tonight and I cried as well. It was great to see so many people inspired and full of hope. Our country is a wonderful place and even though I don't share Obama's political views, I think his election was a good thing in the cultural sense. My hope is that people can stand up for their differing political views without being so socially divided. I thought McCain's concession speech was wonderful in that sense.

Nikowa said...

I agree with Carissa.

PS love your new blog colors :)