Glory Hallelujah! Glory Hallelujah!

 | November 5, 2008 10:03 PM

Last night what happened was something I never thought I would see in my lifetime, an African-American becoming President of the United States of America.  Barack Obama’s victory speech was good though I must admit, I probably would have been more affected if I had watched it live instead of on the internet.  I am ashamed to admit I was so busy looking over how my fantasy basketball draft went that I forgot that Obama would be giving a victory speech.

Today I caught up on the emotion of the victory and I must admit I found it overwhelming.

In the newspaper I read quotes like this:

I called my mom – black woman born in the segregated South.  She is 76 years old.  She was born at a time in this country when it would’ve been dangerous for her to look a white woman in the eye.  I said “Mama, what do you think?”  She said, “Baby, I just got four words for you.  Glory Hallelujah!  Glory Hallelujah!”
– Bryon Pitts, CBS

I can’t think of another country in the world where you could have a significant minority that was once so maligned and so oppressed finally have one of its sons rise to this level. “I don’t care how you feel about him politically, on some level you have to say this is America at its grandest, the potential, the possibility, and what it says for our children.  Black and white, the image of Barack Obama and those little girls in the Rose Garden in these years to come.  I think it’s just stunning.
– Juan Williams, Fox News analyst, NPR

This is a man-on-the-moon moment.
– Keith Olberman, MSNBC

This is more than election night in America, this is a momentous night in the history of our people.
– Bob Schieffer, CBC

Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of watning to change the world for a better place.
– Nelson Mandela, South Africa

I found myself praising God for what he did.  He looked down and saw the plight of the African-Americans living in the United States.  He sent a modern day Moses, Martin Luther King Jr., who led the people out of their oppression and towards the promised land.  Like Moses, Martin Luther King never entered the promised land but today so many of his dreams are being realized in God’s time.

What made me most emotional, literally caused me to weep so much, were the photos of African-Americans crying, overwhelmed, amazed at what had happened.  I suddenly felt so much empathy for these people, all they had suffered.  I literally had to stop looking to stop crying.

Glory Hallelujah!  Glory Hallelujah!

2 Responses to “Glory Hallelujah! Glory Hallelujah!”

Lisa wrote a comment on November 7, 2008

I was stunned, teary-eyed and emotional when I saw that he had won. What an incredible moment in history.

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