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It’s been almost a year since that Tuesday in November. It happened at 11:05 p.m. My friends and I had been following the polling results and adding up the electoral votes since 7 p.m. There was a sense of excitement and anticipation in the air. Along with many others we had followed these two candidates for what felt like an eternity.  And then, at 11:05 p.m., in the blink of an eye, it was over. We were informed who was going to be our president for the next four years...a man named Barack Obama.

Regardless of your political persuasion, a most notable and inspiring thing happened that day. This country truly lived up to its Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” For a moment, every child, every ethnic minority born in this country, every woman, every young person, every senior citizen...actually believed that he or she could be anything - dream it, work for it, and achieve it. The idea that all humanity is created equal was realized.

I remember staying up late watching the coverage and seeing men and women of all races, ages, and backgrounds, with a glimmer of hope in their eyes. I saw “We did this” written all over their faces. There was a sense that there is power in “We”, infinitely more than in “I”. There was belief in a system that, for many years, had been irrelevant to so many. There was hope! A simple, four-letter word that will be forever remembered as being the driving force behind the election of 2008.

A Blessed Hope

As I think of all of the incredible history-making events that this generation has been privileged to see and experience, I’m reminded of a Man, that in His own time, revolutionized an entire people, disrupting systems and institutions...breaking down barriers and stereotypes. He brought in a new way of thinking...of acting...of believing.  He showed us hope...a blessed hope. And this Man’s life forever changed the history of this world. Jesus IS hope!

As believers, we have been called to reach out to all men. Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples...of all men!  We are agents of change in this world. We have been called to believe that there is a hope. God tells us through Jeremiah, “I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for” (Jeremiah 29:11 The Message).

So, don’t let anyone steal your hope. Don’t let anyone tell you these unalienable rights we know as Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness are just romantic ideals. Don’t let people tell you that you can’t make a difference. Don’t let people tell you that “we” is not important. When “we” get together, incredible, history-making things can happen!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NIV).

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