There is a lot of hope being placed on the slender shoulders of one man these days.
A high number of expectations rest squarely on him, creating an often unwieldy load for one person to carry.
I'm talking about Barack Obama.
President-elect Barack Obama, to be more precise.
This man will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on January 20th, in a ceremony that will be watched by more people, I think, than have ever watched the inauguration of any other president in the history of the country.
Many people who are citizens of the United States are looking forward to this man's presidency with such hope and anticipation, looking for a new way of life to become visible in their world, as his presidency unfolds.
Many people who live in my country, neighbour country to the north of the United States, are also looking forward to the new president taking office...we live with the hope that he will bring with him a new understanding of our country and a new way of looking at us as friends and neighbours and not as adversaries.
We hope that this new president will be one who can acknowledge that our country has value in the larger scheme of things. We also hope that he will change the political temperature of his country to create a willingness to walk together side by side with ours.
Is it fair to him that we heap so many expectations on one person?
Not likely, but what else can we do?
He's there, he's real and he's got the job, so now we wait to see if he will be a fresh breath of clean spring air that will blow through the corridors of power and clear out the old ways of thinking so predominant among the old boys' club.
I'm not criticizing that old boys' club.
Far from it, for they have done the job in the best way that they knew how to do.
I'm just saying that it's about time for a change of water in that vase of flowers, don't you think?
So, I'm sending all of my prayers Heaven-ward for President-elect Barack Obama, for his beautiful wife, First Lady-elect Michelle Obama, and for those darling girls of theirs.
Please God, keep him safe, more than anything else.
Then, if You have a few more moments, God...would you please bless him with the strength and wisdom needed to stay the course and be true to himself, especially if it comes to pass that the rest of the world loses faith in some of his ideals and parts of his vision.
I knew You'd hear me on this.
I also know that You see just how vitally important this man is to the world. Not just to his country but also to the rest of the world. So, make those shoulders strong and able to withstand the weight placed upon them. Hold his hand and hug him closely to Your heart when he needs it.
We've all been hoping for a miracle.
I think we just got it, with his election!
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.
We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
~ President-elect Barack Obama
~ babble.com - Christmas card image from the Obama family