I was lazy yesterday morning. My alarm went off in the dark predawn. I decided to stay warm in bed. An hour later Melanie got up and went to the gym. I stayed warm in bed.
About 6:30 I heard some footsteps. Four year old Mary Elizabeth. I could tell. She stopped at her Mama's side of the bed in the dark.
Baby, it's too early for you to be up. Come around here and Daddy will lift you up and you can lay in Mama's spot and go back to sleep a while.
She didn't say a word as she trudged around. I lifted her up on the bed and pulled the covers over her. And Mary Elizabeth, who never wants to wear socks to bed because her feet will be too hot, tucked her cold little toes under me and laid her sweet little hand on my arm falling off to sleep in just moments. Precious.
Thirty minutes later the sonorous walk clock strikes 7:00 and Mary stirs a bit. I was ready to get up by then. I'd been wide awake listening to her breathe and breathing out prayers of my own. It's still dark when I speak to her again.
Baby, are you ready to wake up?
"Mmmmmm," comes her plaintive, sleepy reply.
Today you get to go to your friend's house to play. We've got to get up and get ready.
Springing up faster than if she'd snatched up an offered M&M she exclaimed, "It's tomorrow today!"
Yes, it is tomorrow today.
A tomorrow my precious little lady anticipated had arrived. And so the day began.
It is January 20, 2009 and our nation welcomes a long anticipated tomorrow today as well. The United States of America will inaugurate as our new President, Barak Obama. Our nation founded and sustained by women and men who hold these truths to be self evident, who toiled for a dream that one day, and who gave their very lives for our liberty with so much history before welcomes history in the making today.
No matter your politics or religious convictions I pray that you will join me in praying for our new President, the man God ordained. Pray for his godly wisdom and that of his advisers in a role that requires so much more than one man can perform. Pray for his daily study of the Bible and counsel of it's teachings to know the realities that truly govern our nation and world. Pray for his safety and that of his family in nation where some would seek to harm him due to the color of his skin. Pray for our nation to unite and pray that revival may come and stir us with heavenly fire anew.
It is tomorrow today.
Let us pray.