Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A Tempered Joy

An amazing grace, indeed. We wake from a long nightmare, not just into the ordinary day, but into a brilliant new day !

But how can we be fully joyful this morning when California (and Arizona and Florida) appear to have voted to enshrine narrow, religiously sectarian, anti-family bigotry in their state constitutions ?

How can we be unreservedly joyful until full human rights are afforded to all our brothers and sisters ?

Hoping for, and rejoicing in Obama's victory, I have been hearing the Song of Simeon -- the Nunc dimmitis --

Lord, you now have set your servant free
to go in peace as you have promised
for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior...

Not that I naively (or blasphemously) equate Barack Obama with a magical political messiah, but that maybe I could croak happy this morning given the truly prophetic and revolutionary change that a young, progressive black president represents.

But, no. No croaking happy yet. There are miles to go before we sleep, Simeon.

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