God is truly blessing America!
HOPE now replaces a long history of denial in America. In 1945 on a bitter cold night on the way back to college, I stopped at a restaurant in Pennsylvania for a cup of hot chocolate only to be told that I could buy it - but had to drink it outside!
Born in 1927, I have long lived in a country where the color of my skin has denied me many important things: such as being valedictorian for my class, instead being named salutatorian; because of racism, in WWII in 1947 I was denied the opportunity to be a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army; and in 1952, I "hit the ceiling" on where a 'black' man could go in civil service.
You can only imagine how very grateful I am to have lived to see this new dawning in history, where my grandchildren and great grand children have new opportunities. All things are possible with God. Barack Obama was God's choice!
This 2008 U.S. Presidential campaign and election-its results and related matters-is from an historical perspective, most meaningful and extraordinary. (Is this the 8th wonder of the world?) Most definitely, this November 4, 2008 marvel is an unquestionable blessing to our entire planet. God is truly blessing America!
As President-elect Barack Obama says, this is "much more than a matter of blue states or red states....this is a matter of the United States of America. This is a defining moment, which even goes beyond 'change'. This victory is not the change; it is the chance to make that change..." Obama concludes (in his acceptance speech): "If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer." The registration and total voter "turn-out" in this campaign and election reflect many concerns about a broad range of matters, especially the economy, health, war, and our current standing in the world. These wide-ranging concerns have been expressed by a broad and inclusive number of the American public: African-Americans, Whites, Hispanic, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, young, old etc.
Obama and his staff have conducted a very thoughtful, masterful-virtually "flawless" campaign. He has honestly, brilliantly and realistically addressed the fears, anxieties, aspirations, dreams and hopes of every person and segment of our nation. His reaching out to include especially those who have been excluded from the American Dream takes me personally back to some very touching concerns expressed by Michael Harrington years ago in a gripping portrayal of our country in a very disturbing book entitled "The Other America".
Let us all now- each and every one of us- together be glad and most thankful for a most extraordinary sequence and convergence of circumstances and events which (as one ponders deeply) appears to have led to and resulted in this phenomenal national and international moment of history which is over, above and beyond that which is expected, normal and natural. There is more to this than meets the eye! "God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform." Pastor Junius W. Bervine, author of the acclaimed "Healing Ministry of Jesus"