We gathered with friends tonight – along with our children – watched election returns and then listened to President-elect Barack Obama’s speech. We were awed. Fireworks could be heard outside. On television they are talking about the historic nature of tonight’s election – a theme the President-elect himself spoke of – and all I can think about is how my mother was born in the segregated South and tonight my daughters watched the political equivalent of men first walking on the moon. We did watch history in the making today and I’m so proud of our country. Finally, we can begin to address the deep problems our nation faces. Will there be real and lasting change? The incumbent president has left us in two wars and an economy in crisis. Change will not come easy nor will it be quick. My hope is that our churches will support the new president’s agenda when it is appropriate and push and prod when needed. As a minister in the United Church of Christ, I will pray for our new president and work for the agendas put forth by the church. But for the moment I’m just excited and somewhat astounded at what President-elect Barack Obama has accomplished.