We temporarily interrupt this blog for a short political announcement. Today is the Maine Democratic Caucus, which will happen regardless of the weather. I'll be at Christ Church's parish hall at 12:30 to stand up for Barack Obama.
Jen and Abe Lechner and I went up to Bangor yesterday to see Senator Obama in person. We stood in line outside the Bangor Auditorium for more than an hour, and the line stretched behind us farther than we could see. I heard last night that they had to turn more than 1,000 people away.
I don't agree with all of Senator Obama's positions. I worry about his lack of experience in the Washington system. But I believe in his energy, I believe in his optimism, and I believe in his vision for the future of our country. I agree with his assumptions about what is right and what is wrong, about the need to restore honor and civility and justice to our dealings with each other and the world.
And I believe in the power of hope. Senator Obama was most powerful yesterday when he responded to those who accuse him of peddling false hope. If he, the African-American child of a single mother, does not know about the price of hope, who would? The unlikeliness of his candidacy is proof that hope and hard work are the most powerful things in the world.
I think of St. Paul's letter to the Romans: "These sufferings bring patience, as we know, and patience brings perseverance, and perseverance brings hope, and this hope is not deceptive, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit..." Hope follows perseverance. Senator Obama has persevered, and will. Even if he is not our next President, he is someone very important in our nation's history, and I am glad to be a witness.