God Bless Barack Obama.


Perhaps, your candidate won.  Or, maybe he didn’t.  This is the not the post I had written for today.  But, I cannot in good conscience post anything else.

It’s 11:26 PM CST, 4 November 2008.  I am sitting up with the television on overflowing with so many different emotions. 

When I picked up John Henry from school today, I told him I needed to go vote.  He said, “John McCain already won!”  The school apparently held a mock election allowing him to circle his choice for president.   Upon hearing the talk of other Kindergarteners, he told me that “Barack Obama is a bad man.”  Later, he told me that another friend told him that “Barack Obama kills babies.”

You can imagine the necessary discussion with my six year old that ensued.  I assured him that Barack Obama was not a bad man.  And, that if elected president, we would pray for him and his family, always speaking blessings. 

So, John Henry sat down and wrote a letter to President Elect Barack Obama.  In that letter, he prayed for him.  “God bless Barack Obama and his family….,” he went on to read to me.  From that point on, he began pulling for Obama in the election.  And, although I was a McCain supporter, I supported my six year old’s choice. 

John Henry watched the polls with me.  He asked questions.  “Can I become president when I grow up?” 

“You can be anything you want.” I said, hearing my own mother’s voice.

“Or, I could be a cooker.  I’m a good cooker, too.”

“Yes, you are.”  I assured him.

What a day for the African-American race.  What a day for African-American mothers who can look at their sons and daughters and say with bold confidence, “You can be anything you want.”

I have read many responses to this country’s newly elected president.  Many are concerned for our country’s direction.  I don’t worry for one second about this great country.  We are a praying nation. 

Today is a day to unite as Americans.  To pray.  To bless  President Elect Barack Obama.  To speak life.  Let’s not forget the power of our words.  And, let’s not forget that God is on the throne. 

And, above all else, let’s teach our children to love one another – not matter what side of the aisle we’re on.

Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another.  Romans 13:8

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16 responses to “God Bless Barack Obama.

  1. Leiv

    Yes! Yes! This is not about who won or lost but supporting a democratic process and supporting Obama because he now is the president of the United States. Whoever it was who won would have had an uphill battle and I am hopeful and in full support of our new president. We all should pray for him, his family, and we should take his journey as an inspiration for our own lives to believe we can accomplish anything we set our minds to do. God bless him and God bless the United States of America.

  2. Judy

    “What a day for the African-American race.”…I agree with your thought here…..But….what a DAY it will be when we just say…HUMAN RACE…

  3. Leiv, Amen brother!

    Judy, I agree with you. But, it wasn’t my grandparents who couldn’t drink for a water fountain. Maybe now, we say “human race.” I’m reminded of a Reba McGuire song, “We’re not black or white. We’re not bond or free. We’re no earthly race. We’re a brand new breed.”

  4. Bonnie

    Great blog! Jack and Max had a mock election and McCain won as well. This election has been a huge conversation in my house and I really didn’t know how to talk to them about all of the differences in the parties. (I tried and really goofed.) Anyhoo, McCain won at their school and Max said there was only one vote for Obama and it was him. (I’m sure that was just his class.) But, as you have stated, it’s a beautiful thing that our children see the person and not the color. I srtruggle with how to teach them without swaying them. The next presidential election will be interesting as my guys will be 14 and 13 (yikes). Thanks for your blog. We will be praying for our new leader as well!

  5. Well said! Children really make you think through your beliefs and force you to articulate them in a clear and simple way.

  6. kristen fountain

    good blog, Dusty! I’m glad you could stay awake long enough for the results…although it didn’t take very long to figure it out 🙂

    This is so true, and I am happy and hopeful for our country!

  7. Bonnie, you are a GOOD mother.

  8. THis is so good. We had this discussion this morning. I know I will be “teaching” my children about respect for authority by my attitude toward the new president. Humbling.

  9. Judy

    I experienced first hand the “FOR WHITES ONLY” water fountains and the first day a screaming black girl was forced to come to the all white Junior High…I got there just in time to see her father pulling her out of the car…I will neverrrrrrr forget that day….I am now experiencing ANOTHER HISTORICAL EVENT …we were watching boxing one night when Jack said the guy in the gold trunks is going to win, he didn’t say the black guy, which really spoke to us how Jack sees people and not color…we are very proud of him….I do remember that song…13 AND 14 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Great blog, mixed emotions, but hopeful for God to reveal Himself to people that have never had a relationship with Him, through feelings shared, fears, I have already experienced some family members fearful, and have reminded them, like your Dad said, “God still sits on the throne”! I believe that, and remind myself of that each day. Thanks for the blog! Thank you for your faith!

  11. Julie

    My children are much older than yours, but I had the same discussion. It is our “right to vote,” but our responsibility to support and pray for whomever is elected president… and I’ve been praying ALL morning!

  12. shari oliver

    bo and i watched the election results with nail biting interest. i watched in awe to see my son go from watching tbs channel to watching the results not because of the black or white issue but who soon would be his Commander in Chief. all grown up. i begged him to stay little and he grew up anyway 🙂

  13. Gayla

    Awesome blog….my children & I have had many discussions about this election. They were concerned about the outcome ( they have overheard conversations that they probably should not have). I told them that everything will be fine, and we, too, would pray for our new leader. Every time I think about the history that has been made, my eyes fill with tears. I am hopeful…

  14. Scott

    Dusty–
    This is a great thread. My family, the older generation than me, was sending me forwards ((which I hate)) early on about all the evils of Obama. I asked them to stop immediately and began to search out the candidates for myself for what I could verify. My candidate of choice (party of choice) list this election. My God did not lose. He cannot lose. His will does not ride on the myth of US religion or politics. He and He alone is God. The heart of the king belongs to the Lord and before I judge this man I have plenty to look at in my heart to be who I say I am. Jesus’ last prayer before the garden was for unity and to let us be one. I pray that this historical event will take us closer than we have been before. In race, denomination and country. My God is in control and I am grateful for the privilege of seeing this event take place for each of us–black, white, Asian, Latino and all others. As a white man i can never truly know what this has meant to anyone who believed that they ciuld not achieve Gods best for their life. We are all God’s children and desperately need our father. I, like you, will lead my son to reject gossip and lies, to do his part in Edmond, in OK, in the US and in the world, trusting in our God. The Creator of all. Our living and loving father.

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