“I, George W. Bush, do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
In just 35 words our nation has a newly sworn in leader for the next four years! It is an amazing thing to witness the peaceful transfer of power every four years. Would that all nations could experience true freedom and democracy!
What is a swearing in ceremony without some pomp and pageantry? Tonight, as I type, 10,000 men and women all over Washington, D.C. are knotting their bowties, zipping their gowns, pulling up their boot straps and dunning their Stetsons for the inaugural Black Tie and Boots Ball given by the Texas State Society. Tickets cost $125.00 a piece and went as high as $1,500.00 on eBay.
And although I am most comfortable in blue jeans, oversized t-shirt and Reeboks, I do love to get dolled up and strut whatever stuff I have got left! Glossed lips, coiffed hair, lacquered nails and a pricy designer gown would be all the more enjoyable when feet are slipped into Laredo or Tony Lamas for two-stepping around the dance floor. It is a party I would have loved to have attended. Maybe I can “pretend” as I follow the festivities on C-Span?
It is estimated that this inauguration will cost 42 million dollars. There have been protests voiced about the frivolity of this event when the nation is at war and tsunami victims suffer. If so many people in this country had not already generously written relief checks, maybe there would room for finger pointing, but in America that is not the case. Our God-given, God-based freedom has enabled so many of us the opportunity to generate wealth. We can afford to go to the movies and send a relief check. We are blessed.
The sports enthusiasts will have their annual extravaganza in just a few days when the Super Bowl is played. I imagine the cost of advertising minutes alone will overshadow the inauguration expenses. I do not think this indulgence will receive the same “bad press.”
Attending an inauguration and a Super Bowl are desires of mine. My desire is moderate. It is not passionate enough to make the necessary sacrifices and efforts to bring these longings into my reality, but they are there…some day… maybe.
One gala event I definitely do not want to miss will be the Marriage Feast of the Lamb! Talk about a shindig! Super Bowl halftime and inaugural fireworks will not even register on the Richter scale when all of heaven and earth rock with the celebration of Jesus taking His Bride!
Think about it! We have the perfect Father planning the whole thing. He has unlimited resources. His staff of angels fulfills His every wish and command. He has impeccable taste. The décor and food will be out of this world. He has had at least 7,000 years of time that we know about to plan the event. And the best part…we get new bodies robed in “wedding” apparel! Now frankly, I do not know one woman who is happy with her body or content with the contents of her closet. At this party, those two factors will never be a concern. Sign me up…now!
And that is my desire. I desire that everyone I know, do not know, ever met, will never meet, love, hate, ignore or completely overlook will be there. It would be the ultimate eternal tragedy to just “view” this event.
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