Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Jessye Norman singing Amazing Grace ~ I can not say, or sing it, any better. I am filled with grace tonight--for the political process, for the healing that will now occur after the past eight years of strife and discord and unrest, for a most gracious concession speech by John McCain (despite the "boos" from his assembled crowd), for the humility, radiance and inspired leadership of Barack Obama at his shining and history-making night in Chicago.
This has been a great day for the United States of America and I will remember it always, as will my three children [one who voted in the real election and two who voted at school in a "mock" election]. It feels as if there has been a collective sigh of relief around this nation and the world--and celebration for the promise of the future.
1 simple elegance or refinement of movement
• courteous goodwill
• ( graces) an attractively polite manner of behaving
2 (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
• a divinely given talent or blessing
• the condition or fact of being favored by someone
3 (also grace period) a period officially allowed for payment of a sum due or for compliance with a law or condition, esp. an extended period granted as a special favor
4 a short prayer of thanks said before or after a meal
5 ( His, Her, or Your Grace) used as forms of description or address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop
ORIGIN Middle English: via Old French from Latin gratia, from gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’ ; related to grateful .