Discouragement must not be given more power than hope today. The fear, isolation, ignorance and anger that fueled this election season must not win the day. We must get up. We must go out. We must love our neighbors well. We must do our best to lift this dark cloud in the way that we carry ourselves today and tomorrow and on and on. Consider the places where we have power. We can smile at the stranger. We can give to the needy. We can learn about the other. We can lead by example. We can. We can. We can.
I owe my friends of color, my daughters, my neighbors an apology. I did not do all that I could to fight for you. I did not stand up and say what I knew to be true. I did not do all that my faith calls me to. I am so sorry. I will do better. The sun did come up today. It will come up again tomorrow. The news of today is not everything….
This is the prayer that I am leaning into today.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.