Yes we can. We really can.

November 5, 2008 | 10 comments

My four-year-old shouted across the living room this morning: “Buh-wok Obama won, Mommy! Buh-wok Obama won!”

Her excitement caught me off guard, seeing how she’d been a rabid McCain fan only 12 hours earlier. She and her older sister had a spirited debate Tuesday over who the next president should be.

Lydia favored Obama’s calls for change and for reconciliation. “He doesn’t like when people fight, Mom,” she would say.

Anna preferred the more grandfatherly John McCain, noting his interest in fishing — just like her two “Bops,” as she calls her grandfathers.

But this morning, as the girls heard the post-election news coverage, they cheered in unison for the new president.

“Why did you change your mind, Anna?” I asked.

She responded matter-of-factly: “Because he won!”

In three words, Anna summed up the tone of McCain’s gracious concession speech the night before. McCain’s message was this: We must now stand behind Obama. Because he won.

“Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans,” McCain told us last night. McCain spoke of Obama’s ability to inspire voters, to reach the disenfranchised. McCain called on his country to stand behind their new president.

A short time later, Obama repeated a creed that sums up the spirit of a people: “Yes, we can. Yes, we can.”

E pluribus unum. In America, out of many, we are one. And the One on the throne is still the boss over the many.

Yes, we can. Because He is.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

by | November 5, 2008 | 10 comments


  1. superstar70

    Amen my friend…Amen! Your girls are as much inspiring to me as you are!
    Love you!
    Your friend in Christ & in Life,

  2. gabi dickinson

    And we have been able to say” we can” ever since two thousand years ago when Jesus said”it is finished”. 🙂

  3. greatestgift

    Nice post, Jen!

  4. Jesse and Sarah

    I just posted about McCain losing today too. To each is own but I was disapppointed in the outcome. But one thing I know is that He is in control and with knowing that I trust Him.

  5. Jesse and Sarah

    Also, I realized we posted the same American flag.

  6. lynnrush

    I was so impressed with McCain’s speech as well. He’s such a classy guy. But now I must change gears and back the one America elected.

    Despite my differences in his policies, I now back him because that’s what I’m to do.

    I rest in Christ while I do it, because you’re right Jen, “Yes we can, because HE IS.” You nailed it with that phrase.

    Have a great day. I love visiting your blog.

  7. gabi dickinson

    I used to comment as ”compelledbylove” but some nasty people found my blog and began to attack me. So…I’ve had to create a new blog. PLEASE do come and read/ comment me there…
    ~ gabi

  8. Billy Coffey

    I had liberal friends comment on their change of attitude toward John McCain Tuesday night after his speech. Every four years, we have the opportunity for a bloodless and peaceful transfer of political power in this country–a testimony to the wisdom of our founders.

    I didn’t vote for President-elect Obama, but I hope that his term in office is a successful one.

  9. gabi dickinson

    Thanks so much for following me over to my new blog 🙂 I might share some of my story tomorrow, or next week. It’s a blessing to know you!

  10. Carey

    The insight of a child…I love it! Thanks for the encouragement.


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