January 20, 2009 – Change in America

Posted on: January 20th, 2009 by Jennifer 18 Comments

A few personal thoughts on a historic day….  (please no political bickering)

I am sitting at the office watching the Inauguration events unfold on tv.  Regardless of any particular political belief or ideology, today is a great day for our Country.  It is not a great day based simply on the hope for our new President Obama; it is not a great day based simply on the first Afro-American man to be elected to the highest office; it is not a great day based simply on the powerful words spoken from the podium; it is not a great day based simply on the millions of people crowding around the mall cheering for the transition power.  It is a GREAT day because all of this can happen together under peaceful skies and without violence in the streets.  It is a GREAT day because our Country, although divided on important issues that have shaped our history and will define our future, is a Country where the peaceful exchange of power is something we all expect and deserve.  It is a GREAT day because it proves that even in a nation that is bitterly divided and troubled, we move forward with hope, perseverance, and prayer…. for our collective journey as a nation and for a family moving into the White House who represent that dreams really can be achieved.

Here's hoping and praying that there are better days ahead for all of us….


  • Cheryl

    Well said, Jen. Praying for our leaders is the ultimate task of each individual. Our leaders need our prayers as they lead our nation.

  • sfr

    Well said, Jennifer. Hopefully, we will all lift our new President and Vice President, their families and our Nation up in constant prayer because we are need of all the gracious help from The Lord we can get.
    Btw, will Amy and Vince still be doing a benefit show for the military families that they had planned on doing last year, but decided to postpone until after the election?

  • Janice

    Jen, I agree! It is indeed a wonderful, historic, amazing day for our country! I’ve been watching the coverage and the inagural ceremony with tears of joy and pride. God bless President Obama!

  • Debbie O. Fennell

    Jen, what a beautiful way to put things in perspective. I personally did not vote for Obama, but he IS our President and our family will be praying for him and his family, asking the Lord to guide him in each and every decision he makes. Thanks for putting it so eloquently. Sure would be nice if everybody felt that way.
    Love, Debbie

  • http://www.caffeinejesusandpontification.wordpress.com Julie Fidler

    In this country, we truly can be anything we dream of. Regardless of your politics, you have to appreciate what a historic day this was.

  • Stacey

    Amen, Sister!!

  • Kim

    “Love Thy Neighbor!”

  • Zoe Wheddon

    Well said Jen. It certainly brought a tear to my eye here in the UK. I am hopeful and cheered by such a moving handover and the new chapter that has just begun.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/KENNYINSANATONIO/ KENNY IN SAN ANTONIO

    well as Wynonna said when you hit rock bottom your always choices is to go side ways or up….

  • sarah frey

    “Afro-American?” Really? Come on. Get with the program and at least embrace some political correctness. It’s African American. Afro-American is off putting to say the least. So disappointing.

  • Laurel Miller

    Hey Amy! It’s Laurel Miller! I have always wanted to meet you! My dads name is Kevin Miller! He knew you at Furman! I really love your songs and your the best! Wish you the best of luck in the Future!
    Laurel Miller~

  • Linda

    I suddenly don’t feel so celebratory when my tax money is funding abortions across the world.

  • Melissa

    If you didn’t want political bickering, why why would post a political statement? You only want posts of people who agree with you. Very un-American.

  • Linda

    Good point, Melissa. I guess what we all can agree on is Obama needs prayer as our president.

  • Jennifer

    I apologize about the mistake of Afro American rather than African American. It was an innocent mistake and not intended for harm or disappointment. And I will stand by my post — It was not a partisan post, it was an American post.

  • Lynn

    Nice post Jen. We are fortunate to live in a place where there is a peaceful transition of power.
    UNFPA actually provides women with educational and economic opportunities that reduce abortions. It helps save women’s lives around the world with health info.

  • Katy

    Wow, the rants, raves, and childish, redundant bickering even carries on to one of Amy’s manager’s blogs from the message boards! Shocking.
    Jennifer made that comment because this is afterall HER blog. She just didn’t want comments to be politic bickering, (as some of you are doing, even though she asked you not to). If you disagree, I’m sure a “I disagree” would suffice.
    The distaste for intolerant, childish Amy Grant fans is getting well, intolerable.

  • Katy

    Wow, the same childish and redundant bickering knows no bounds on this website, from the message boards to now one of Amy’s manager’s blogs. This confirms exactly what I thought.
    Jennifer simply didn’t want her blog filled with political bickering, which it has anyways because no one seems to respect that this is afterall HER blog. If you disagree, I’m sure a “I disagree” would have sufficed.
    My distaste for ignorant, childish Amy Grant fans is getting overwhelming.



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