Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Some Thoughts on Obama’s Inauguration

Everybody has been saying what an historic event President Obama’s inauguration has been, and it is truly historic - and even monumental - for any number of reasons. I’m glad I am alive to see it. Living though this particular period in our history reminds me that these are unusual times: an economic situation that rivals the Great Depression in terms of its potential impact (but hopefully won’t last as long); two wars, at least one of which is highly unpopular; significant loss of wealth for nearly every American to some degree; large and well-established companies going out of business (and potentially going out of business); and a population that is demoralized and somewhat pessimistic).

All of the above have happened before, but not all at the same time. These are truly unusual times, and things could conceivably get worse before they get better. We as a people may be tested in ways that haven’t happened since the 1930s and 1940s. I hope we will turn to God in our times of trouble – I believe that is the only way we can get through these unusually tough times.

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