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Ways of the World

Carol Stone, business economist & active Episcopalian, brings you "Ways of the World". Exploring business & consumers & stewardship, we'll discuss everyday issues: kids & finances, gas prices, & some larger issues: what if foreigners start dumping our debt? And so on. We can provide answers & seek out sources for others. We'll talk about current events & perhaps get different perspectives from what the media says. Write to Carol. Let her know what's important to you:

Saturday, January 17, 2009

". . . to the President of the United States"

Peggy Noonan wrote speeches for Ronald Reagan. Now she writes a weekly column for the Opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal. In today's edition, she tells how genuinely excited she is about the Inauguration of Barak Obama. Some of the themes surrounding it have brought tears to her eyes and a lump in her throat.

We have pondered how to commemorate this momentous event here on Ways of the World. Would we pray for the new President? Certainly. Would we pray for the American people? By all means. Do we wish this enterprise well? Of course. But what underlies it all are the tremendous gifts we have been given by the One Who Gives and, in this particular instance, what the gift of patriotism might mean in its highest sense.

So we invite you to share Peggy Noonan's words. Washington cab drivers, an old acquaintance from the Reagan years, an Obama staffer staying in the same hotel, even the very buildings of Washington speak to her about what it means to them and to us.


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