November 4, 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.



My Autism Insights said...

Although I may not share your exact spiritual beliefs, Amen to your prayer. I cried as well as I finally got it through my head that they weren't going to suddenly reverse the numbers. His speech left me breathless.

It was a great night in America.

Ashley said...

Hey - thanks for the comment! My major was Christian Studies with my emphasis in music ministry. What were you before you changed to Christian Ministries? And why did you decide to change?

Sarcasta-Mom said...

Amen indeed! Who would have thought any of us would have lived to see this day? I'm so proud to have been a part of such an amazing historical moment.

Hawaiianatheart said...

I could not have said this any better! K & I talked about this all the way home from G'ma's and got home just in time to see it made official. May God keep his path lit well.

ParentingPink said...

I always love listening to Obama because he speaks so eliquently and from the heart. I teared up reading this. What a wonderful sentiment!

Aunt Julie said...

This wonderful, spiritual woman was on the news again tonight. I'm happy for her. I'm happy for our country. I have hope.

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savvysuzie said...

Awesome post - my dad wrote an email that talked about how the election of Obama restored some of his hope in this country's ability to adapt and grow. I prayed your prayer as well, and hope that Obama proves to be as effective behind the desk as he is behind the podium.

I have an award for you at my blog!

Jennifer said...

Amen, amen.


Ashley said...

Thanks for the compliment. I hope that Josh and I will be good parents. I know that you can never be completely prepared to have kids - I felt the same way about marriage - I don't think we ever know exactly what we're getting into when we make these huge life changes. But fortunately God is in the mix of everything and guides you along the way. I am thankful for that!!

Andrea said...

Amen! Wonderful post!


Jesica said...

I teared up reading this. What an amazing day and an amazing time. This election brought us all together, regardless of who we were voting for we were all out there voting. We all have hope in our hearts. Thanks for posting this and for sharing your prayer!

ParentingPink said...

You're Welcome! Please let me know when the bows arrive. I have contacted Girly Girl Bowtique, so you should be getting them soon :-) I'd love to see pictures!

Happy Friday!

painted maypole said...

thank you for this post. how beautiful.

oh... there I go... crying again. ;)

Ann said...

I am so happy that I have visited your blog world and that I have read your words.
(Now, I'm going to go look at your Hallween slide show again! :-> )

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

I cried during that part of the speech too. It amazes me to think of all that can happen in a lifetime, and all that may happen in my children's lifetimes. Thank you for sharing your prayer. I'll say Amen to that! :)

Jim said...

Since that speech, I have grown to admire him and respect him. There is hope. I have posted similar feelings in my Wednesday's post,
"It's All About Respect". I will join those who elected Obama as our President and give my 100 % support